Ok, a bit of a rant.
I just had a 2nd shoot with a very nice young lady who originally answered a casting call for a shoot that I put up on a social-networking-modeling-site that shall remain nameless… After our first shoot, I liked her energy in front of the camera, and she went into my “folks to work with again” file.
This past week I started setting up a few personal projects/shoots to change gears for a while, and figured I’d drop her a line. However, when I logged into said “social-networking-modeling-site” (that shall still remain nameless) I found her profile was gone. No worries, I had her email, we set up shoot #2 and had a blast. While she was in makeup, we where chatting and I asked her about the profile thing, thinking nothing of it. She proceeded to regale me with absolute horror stories of the creeps who had been literally stalking her (not just through the site, but elsewhere as well) trying to get her into pornographic and pseudo-pornographic encounters (foot fetish shoots, stocking fetish shoots etc…) Until she had to close up every one of her social networking outlets.
I know this is nothing new to anyone who’s worked with models for any amount of time, but that still doesn’t make it any better. This kind of stuff is just wrong, and shouldn’t be happening at all.
Look, bottom line is: Don’t be “that guy” and if you know any “photographers” who are “that guy”, give them a smack upside the head and straighten them out. Our industry doesn’t need that kind of stigma, it just makes photographers as a whole look bad. Always treat your models with respect and professionalism. I know it goes without saying, but it just bears repeating.
P.S. I know none of *my* readers are “that guy”, just venting a bit.