Dangers of Doing Sexy Photoshoot for Female Models

Photoshoot with Selvy Sequence at Hotel Michael

This article shall covers mainly on photoshoot, and primarily sexy shoots (lingerie, nude, implied nude and topless). I may refer the ill-minded photographers as "predators", "wolves" or "black sheep".

Are you thinking of how to become a model? You should read on to find out the dangers.

Singapore is generally quite safe for models compared to other countries, probably due to the strict laws and punishments. The city-state is also so small that criminals are more difficult to escape or hide. The photography/modelling market is also small, such that any indecent act from the photographer can be spread widely fast.

Models from less developed countries do face greater risk when doing photoshoot

This is just a personal opinion from the point of view of a man, partly generated through stories from model friends from other Asia countries. I do not mean to undermine anyone from any country and I do not know much about situations in other (non Asian) countries.

It is not that Singapore girls do not face such risk of being sexually abused or touched during the shoot, but there are probably fewer cases. However, I'm sure not all victims have exposed the black sheep.

The point is if you are from a less developed country, there is a prejudgement from people that you are less educated and more deprived of money. Moreover, people may assume you are less educated and probably will not even stand up against them. The black sheep in the photography community would likely target you since you seem (yes, their assumption) to be an easier prey. It is similar to the wild life where predators would likely target the weakest animal in a herd. Of course, there may be some human predators who may love challenges, but I'm sure the ratio is lower than those who will go for easy preys.

I have to highlight that girls who look or sound more naive are probably the primary targets of wolves. In no country, models can be 100% safe.

The risk of female models doing photoshoot

Real-Life Modelling Stories

  1. Lingerie shoot offer for Singapore girl
    I have a friend who is best described as "SYT" (sweet young thing). She is short and thus has found herself most suitable for wearing outfits that would reveal her legs more to make her body proportion looks better. Unfortunately, this does make her a good target for predators. People tend to relate showing skin as "loose".

    My SYT friend was approached online through social media network to do a lingerie shoot. As a student, she was quite tempted by the $200/hr offer for it was such easy money. To my knowledge (after being approached by freelance models selling their modelling services), some freelance models do charge much lesser for lingerie shoot for as low as half the amount. I thought the offer was quite suspicious because SYT was actually not a good choice for professional photographers. A good boudoir photographer would probably go for models who have much better figure (big boobs and long legs), unless he has special fetish and also like a fresh face.

    The photographer made his intention more obvious when he asked SYT to put on her lingerie to take photos to show him.

    Getting the model to take a photo of her in the outfit for the photoshoot is very essential actually. It helps the photographer to identify problem with the outfit and whether it would fit the model to create the mood. In fact, I have encountered problems many times such that the outfits do not fit the models/themes/feel and I only know them during the shoots. For many outfits, it will appear different if you take photos of them laying on the bed, on the hangers and when they are worn by the models. I do not insist my models to put on the outfits when they take photos of the clothes for me to see, but I do judge the attitude of the models from this. Nevertheless, lingerie "sample" (worn on the model) seems too sensitive for young models.

    Luckily, SYT was a street-smart girl who eventually turned down the shoot offered. She felt lucky after I warned her that the "photographer" might just call the shoot off after getting hot photos of her in lingerie. I was sure he could be trading the hot photos with other black sheep around forums who found pleasure in innocent girls in less or no clothes.

    Conclusion: Anyone holding a DSLR can call himself a photographer. There are also many fake profiles in social media network such as Facebook and Tagged. There may be some real rich photographers who are willing to pay to enjoy the process but are you sure you are so lucky? Always ask to see the photographer's portfolio first!
  2. Adjusting posture or taking advantage
    A young foreign friend was new to the photography world. She was very open-minded and cool about doing sexy shoots such as lingerie, implied nude and topless. Most of her photographers were old Caucasians who had probably retired and were just spending their lives in certain Asia countries where cost of living were much lower.

    We chatted about her photoshoot sessions and she told me all her photographers would adjust her body to fit the intended postures. I told her she was being taken advantages of but she thought differently. She was even singing praises of one of the old photographers who was chatty and seemed (to her) to be knowledgeable. When I looked at his work, I was stunned because the photos looked just like an amateur using a point-and-shoot camera; in fact, nothing was artistic about the sexy shoot created. The only time she was certain that she was taken advantage of was when one of the photographers hugged her towards the end of the sexy shoot.

    Conclusion: Not many models can tell the quality of work and thus some would be blindly admiring the colourwolves in the skin of "professional photographers".
  3. Openly caress
    Another foreign friend of mine who was more mature had common experiences with photographers trying adjust her postures, which she did not realise it was quite freaky as well. She was doing modelling as a hobby and was very open-minded. She mainly did photoshoots with her local photographers and a couple of them had lay hands openly on her private parts during the shoots. The black sheep did not get into trouble eventually probably because the victim was too soft. Anyway, from her portfolio, most of the photographers who had worked with her were more of casual shooters and thus I felt were wasting her potential.

    Conclusion: Horny "photographers" do hit on mature models and not just teenagers. Somehow, most of the black sheep got to enjoy the processes without getting any punishment in the end.
  4. "Test water"
    A young model friend of mine was paid to do her first bikini shoot (sexy style) with another model. She brought her boyfriend along to the photo studio but he stayed outside and did not bother about the shoot at all. Most photographers would not want the model's boyfriend to tag along due to awkwardness, however, not if the boyfriend is totally out of sight.

    The photographer lectured the model for bringing her boyfriend along despite he was not even staying inside the studio. He also came up other things to lecture the models about. During the shoot, the photographer tried to adjust the posture of the models but both of them were sharp enough to dodge. The photographer also talked to them about very sensitive adult questions to try to turn them on. After the shoot, the photographer messaged both of the models privately in Facebook. He began by comparing their boobs' sizes. Then, he indirectly asked them to guess whom he would prefer to get to help him with blowjob and sex.

    Note: Click on individual screenshot below to open it in larger resolution.

    Screenshoot by Model A
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    Screenshoot by Model B
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    Anyone who was holding a camera could call himself a photographer. Even though he was a photographer who paid for services, unlike photographers who charged clients for photography services, he should have stayed professional as well. It was perfectly alright for a little sexual jokes sometimes if the person was closed enough but he had gone overboard with new "friends". Moreover, they were (around 20-year-old) likely to be less than half of his age.

    After asking around, we realised he was blacklisted by many people and had changed his name. His bad track records included motivating model-wannabes to take photoshoot to a "new level" by doing sexual acts with him.

    Conclusion: Some predators play it slow, though not too slow. By lecturing the models, he was trying to intimidate them so that they would become more vulnerable. It was very obvious that he was trying to test how the models would react to sexual stuffs before making the next sexual move or request. Black sheep can easily change their aliases or names after they are being exposed.

If you have real life experience to share with all models and wannabes, do contact me. Your identity will be kept safe.

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Other resources

Yahoo! News has done two articles about photo leaks in Singapore.
article 1 | article 2

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