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Blacklisted Photographers in Singapore

With the leaking of many Singaporean models' nude photographs and videos in the year 2013, more aspiring models are cautious about doing photoshoots and they will likely do online research to check who are the blacklisted photographers before taking up any shoot. In fact, trading and sharing of naked photoshoot photographs have begun long ago in forums such as SammyBoy and GeylangBoy. Facebook helps to make sharing of URLs easier and thus, there will be more leaked nude photographs and videos of Singaporean models emerging.

Some of these horny "photographers" will approach the models for paid sexy shoots and tempt them with more money for a nude shoot on the day of the shoot. The photographers will seize every opportunity to take advantage of the models during the shoot and also offer even more money for sex. Some models probably get aroused by themselves after they are instructed to caress themselves during the shoot to produce the sexy "feel".

Of course, the models are promised that the photographs will be kept between them but many of these photographers have been trading the naked and sexy photographs online with other photographers. The sales from selling the photographs to just one-third party can be much higher than the cost of paying for the models. Eventually, the photographers will claim that their laptops are being hacked and they will get away scot-free.

Sharing of the blacklisted photographers' profiles is a must since the law is not able to deal with them, however, it does not solve the entire problem. More young and money-hunger models are still falling into the traps of such photographers and have their futures ruined.

Battling with blacklisted photographers may not be easy:

  1. Accuracy of the blacklists Bloggers were quick to share the list in order to drive more traffic to their blogs. Most of them probably had no direct interaction with the "blacklisted" photographers.

    Who is the correct person to judge and place the photographers on the blacklist? Different people do have different views on which photographer should be blacklisted. Some photographers who are trying to bed the models are obviously jerks but not all of the "blacklisted" ones may have such intention, although most of them deserve it if they have done things as mentioned.
  2. Blacklisted photographers do change names/aliases Yes, unlike the name printed on the Singapore identification card, blacklisted photographers can easily change their names on their social media profiles, including their copyright logos. For example "Devine Vaughn" can change his name to "Brandon Grey" and "Liu" can get a Christian name and be known as "Joe Photography"; people may blacklist a photographer by his nickname "Best Hero" but few people know his actual name can be like "Kevin".

    Even experienced models will not be able to figure out the true identities of the blacklisted photographers. Thus, how are models, especially the inexperienced ones, going to realise the photographers are blacklisted by many others because of sickening things they have done?
  3. Outdated blacklists As mentioned in the previous point, blacklisted photographers do change their names in order to "escape" from the blacklists. There is no one who is able to keep track of these cunning black sheep. When will those bloggers who are definitely not into this trade (photography) be updating their blacklists?
  4. Insufficient information in the blacklists Taking my knowledge for example, I do not know any of the famous blacklisted photographers in real person and thus I will not prejudge every one of them if the information is not clear; I'm sure there are many girls who think alike in case the photographer is actually being set up. For instance, if the list only states that the photographer is always approaching girls for sexy or even nude shoots, there is absolutely nothing wrong to choose a mature genre.

    However, through my network with models, especially those who have worked with me, I have found out a lot more unacceptable acts from these blacklisted photographers. For examples:

    (5) A blacklisted photographer is only described as asking for revealing shoots, but nobody knows he will try to take advantage of the model during the shoot, such as attempting to finger her.

    (6) A blacklisted photographer is only described as taking advantage of young models and after he has changed his name and publicly announced that he has mended his way, he is still being a badass by doing things such as scolding models who refuse to do a topless shoot with him. Of course, there are probably more things he has done, except that he is likely to be more careful.

    (7) A blacklisted photographer is only described as taking cheap shots and even blowjob photographs of models. None of the articles has indicated that apart from changing his name, he is always using scare tactics or money to tempt new or young models to perform sexual acts on him.

    (8) A blacklisted photographer is only described as being a cheapskate and always stalking models. However, no article has been written about him trying to get upskirt photographs of his models (obviously, more towards porn style) during the shoot, staring hard at boobs and also attempting to hug the models. He will also persuade his models to work as escorts.
  5. Not all models care For the sake of portfolio, fame or money, many models do not care much about working with those blacklisted photographers. Even though most of the blacklisted photographers are using their second heads to think during photoshoot, a couple of them do have better-than-average photography skills - when compared to most new photographers - unfortunately, most of these blacklisted "photographers" are not able to produce any decent quality photo. Therefore, some models who are more lenient in their standard of photographs are still willing to work with them in order to get some portfolios, despite facing some physical risks. A few of the blacklisted photographers are more active and thus have more connections, which can help new models increase their exposure, although may not be in a good way. Lastly, most of these blacklisted photographers are probably quite rich and can afford to pay the models and thus, for the sake of the huge sum of "easy" money, some models do not mind taking the risk to work with the blacklisted photographers.

    Unfortunately, these models who choose to work with the black sheep do not understand that their reputations are at stake because others may suspect they have been taken advantage of by the blacklisted photographers.
  6. Many aspiring models are young and less experienced Many young aspiring models do not even google to check if the photographers who have approached them are blacklisted. They may think that Singapore is a safe country and thus ignore the dangers of doing sexy photoshoot.

What kind of photographers should be blacklisted

As I have mentioned, it is subject to personal's opinions, except for some obvious cases.

  1. Takes advantages of the model Photographers who try to take advantage of the models' ignorance or need for cash to get them on the bed are despicable.

    Not all models are purely into money as some are seeking popularity. I have heard real-life stories of how blacklisted photographers try to convince young models to go into the "next level" of photoshoots by showing more skin or getting into the "real sexy feel" by getting turned on.

    Most of these blacklisted photographers will also try all means to touch the models. The most common excuse is to help to adjust the models' postures. Others can be pretending to be helpful to help the model shave their excess hairs or even measure their vital statuses for them. There are also some photographers who will force themselves onto the models during sexy shoots.

    Young girls who do paid shoot for sexy themes are likely to be more in need of money. It is a known fact that many photographers do try to tempt the model into having sexual activities by topping up the payment.
  2. Rips other photographers' photos Obviously, most of these sick perverts cannot take good photographs and they may end up stealing other photographers' photographs and claim the photographs are taken by them in order to get models to shoot with them.
  3. Breaks promise about the privacy of the photos If both the photographer and model mutually agree to do any sexy shoot, including a nude one, there is nothing wrong. However, if the photographer does not keep the photographs to himself as promised, he should be blacklisted. There are quite a number of such photographers who have been exchanging nude photographs and they ought to be dealt with. Unfortunately, they can easily claim that their laptops are being hacked and thus the law is unable to deal with them.
  4. Being rude or cocky during the shoot No matter how rich or experienced the photographer is, he better shows respect to the model.

Wrongful accusations

Unfortunately, there are also many wrongful accusations against photographers, probably by haters and immature people out of jealousy.

Is asking models to do sexy or bikini shoots something bad? Are all photographers who pay models to do nude photoshoots considered bad people? No, as long as they have mutually agreed to the shoots and the photographers stay professional throughout and keep all agreements.

The fact is that uploading sexy work is a faster way to boost traffic in social media and thus drive the demands. For example, if a model uploads a nicely taken photo and another ugly one shows more skin, the latter will receive more likes and flattering comments on social media. There are many other reasons photographers want to do sexy photoshoots.

There's also a ridiculous kind of accusation against photographers who request models to do sexy shoots after their first shoots. Many aspiring models are wary of male photographers and thus they want to do a non-sexy shoot first to make sure the photographer is decent enough. I do notice some photographers who do cosplay photoshoots with cosplayers to win their trust before moving into boudoir or sexy shoots - there's absolutely nothing wrong with this.

I'm lucky that many aspiring models and artists do go through my work and they trust me enough to approach me to do some sexy concepts when we haven't even met. Thus, I can afford to turn down requests even at the expense of offending people. Not every photographer is as lucky as me and therefore they have to slowly win the trust of the models first before moving into sexier shoots.

Blacklisted photographers

I need not compile a list here since many bloggers and forum members have already done the job. I would also need more information in order to add some of these photographers to my personal blacklist.

You can, however, refer to the links below to see who are the photographers being blacklisted by most people. Here come the "top blacklisted photographers"!

  1. 360doc
  2. Clubsnap: S3xposed top 15 SG wanted guys with cameras

Needless to say, there are definitely more who are not being exposed yet. However, do remember that I have mentioned that not all these photographers deserved to be blacklisted. Judge them for yourself.

You may be interested in:
- Photographers from hell
- How to judge a photographer
- Scam alert for photography & modelling in Singapore
- Dangers of doing sexy photoshoot
- Navigating the challenges of art/ boudoir/ nude Photographers

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