Everyone has their own way of working.. some photographers welcome chaperones, some don't. What works for one person, won't necessarily work for another.For me, nothing says "I don't trust you" like a chaperone. If a model needs a chaperone in order to feel safe shooting with a photographer, then my view is she shouldn't be shooting with him in the first place! Chaperones/friends are often a distraction on a shoot, which is another reason I don't work with models that insist on having one.I look for professional models and in any other professional services business, no one needs to bring their friend/chaperon to work!
Hya. Kylie has kindly posted a thread on this site giving advice to new models. She has advised new models to take someone with them on shoots. This advice from an experienced model must have some bearing on when she started off. Unfortunately i am getting no shoots as i am accompanied my a male friend who is not my chaperone, bodyguard ,or boyfriend. He drives me, carries my bags, helps me with my make up hair and outfits.He is also available to make tea, help with backgounds etc. He is a sweet guy and my best friend. He will sit in another room and not interfere. Do not want him wandering the streets for hours or sittin in the car. Some togs have been so rude with their mails when i mention i will be accompianed by him and do not want to photograph me.. Can i have other views on why many togs cannot work with another man in the same building, even in another room and not in earshot. XX
First thing to do is not get hung up on titles. You may not think of your friend as a chaperone but those for whom another person attending is an issue won't care about the distinction.
I act as a driver, on occasion, for a model and all I expect to do is drop her off and pick her up. Most photographers won't have a problem with this.
Ciaran has put forward one 'objection' to chaperones. Another you may well hear is that some photographers have had kit stolen by chaperones. My personal experience includes a chaperone who was overly keen on 'adjusting' the model's clothing, something I was very uncomfortable with.
Bottom line is that you'll just have to come to terms with it. Some allow them, some don't.