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HowardJ is off-line
07 July 2012 07:21
HowardJ
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Quote from JennyPins
He blamed me because on my port I added fetish. I guess my fault. I know there are lots of fetishes and I didn't expect a photographer to want to touch me and video it. Basically he wanted to tickle me on my feet and sides and other places. It's a Pity he was rude because I said no



I wouldn't blame you for the problem.  Fetish in my eyes would mean rubber, latex, stockings or similar being worn in stills NOT someone touching you while they video you.  You did the right thing by asking him for details and he should have said "fair enough"  when you said no as it's up to you what you're happy doing in your modelling work.


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31 August 2012 14:40
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Quote from bravepioneer
If it's for UKtickling.com then I suspect you'll be fine. I know a few models who have worked with this guy and all have said it was (quite literally) an absolute laugh. He obviously touches you because you're going to be tickled. I suspect he didn't quite explain himself.

His model roster is pretty impressive too, compared to many UK run sites. A good few glamour models listed who certainly don't do porn.



Thanks bravepioneer...UK Tickling is my site and I consider myself pretty safe! I feel the need to jump in and make it clear that the original posting was not about me or my sites.

That said, I do think there is a lot of misunderstanding going on in the responses to this thread. It is pointless to view this from the perspective of still photography, since that is not what is being described. On a typical photoshoot, there would be no obvious reason for the tog to touch the model - when I am shooting stills, there is no contact between the subject and myself. Tickling video shoots are very different as they do neccesitate some contact. The tickling is real and the focus is mainly on the models reaction, not purely on the body part being tickled or on the person doing the tickling. Sometimes it will actually be another model tickling the model or even two models tickling a third, however this obviously doubles or triples the cost of a shoot. I will tend to do multiple model shoots only with regular models that I know well so that I can predict how the scenes are likely to work out.

I feel the references to 'gonzo' work are inappropriate, and again represent a misunderstanding. There is an assumption that this is adult level work, and that some sexual contact will be involved - hence any contact from the photographer will be an excuse for traditional gonzo/pov. I personally don't shoot adult content - boy/girl, girl/girl, solo, toys etc. The tickling is very far removed from this and many of my regular models shoot to clothed levels only.

Regarding the OP's concerns, I would say that if you are not comfortable with it then don't do the shoot. It's not a question of whether or not it's 'normal' (many people out there would consider mild bondage photograhy abnormal!), it's a question of whether you feel comfortable doing the shoot and whether the person casting for the shoot is legitimate. A legitimate producer will not try and pressure you into it and will have a website or content to show you on request - there are few if any, genuine tickling sites in the UK at present. To date, I have shot around 150-200 models without any complaints but I will hardly ever email potential models out of the blue. I get a good response to castings and many new models contact me via word of mouth. Without wishing to sound arrogant, I turn away more models than I shoot (this is paid work after all!) and if I had to talk someone into shooting, I would not see them as suitable. Put simply, I don't want to shoot models that are uncomfortable with it as the content will not be good. It isn't for everyone, but in my experience those who do the shoots really enjoy them and will want to shoot again!




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