Minimum age for a bikini shoot.

Minimum age for a bikini shoot.

53 posts
23 April 2015
billy1300
Photographer
billy1300
Hi all I have hade a request from a new model to do a beach bikini shoot. What is the minimum age the model can be to do a shoot like this. The model is 16.
Would appreciate some advise on this matter please
Thanks billy.

Posted 23 April 2015
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
There is no minimum age. All the law states is it is illegal to take an indecent image of a child. Which is anyone under 18.


Posted 23 April 2015
mph
Photographer
mph
redbaron
There is no minimum age. All the law states is it is illegal to take an indecent image of a child. Which is anyone under 18.
And defining "indecent" is a can of worms!
Posted 23 April 2015
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
Just had a look at your port and I don't understand why you'd want to shoot a 16 year old in a bikini - regardless of whether or not the images were considered indecent.

If you were a high street professional with a reputation and a portfolio to match then that would be one thing. But as an amateur with a portfolio full of am-glam you'll be judged in a different light by anyone who becomes aware of the shoot - teachers, family, school friends, parents of school friends etc etc.
Posted 24 April 2015
Edited by marlhamphoto 23 April 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Why would anyone in their right mind even consider going down this route?
Posted 24 April 2015
billy1300
Photographer
billy1300
Try reading my original post befor posting ur reply. I was asking on behalf of the model as I did not know the law stood on that subject.

Posted 24 April 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
As said, the law is ambiguous. But why risk putting yourself in the firing line? (be it a parent's anger, police investigation, risk to your job etc.)

I personally wouldn't even shoot U18s fully clothed, not only are people too hyper-sensitive over these issues (even if legal) they can also cause merry hell via social media (anonymously too).

Posted 24 April 2015
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
The only way I would shoot a minor, even fully clothed, would be with written parental consent and the parent or legal guardian present for the whole shoot. I would probably decline the work due to the extra 'hassle-factor'.

Posted 24 April 2015
designerhugh
Photographer
designerhugh
redbaron
There is no minimum age. All the law states is it is illegal to take an indecent image of a child. Which is anyone under 18.
This is best avoided unless on a professional shoot for a catalogue company like NEXT ( where you have a genuine reason for this shoot, but no doubt NEXT would probably use a model over 18 ). Any sign of the images looking sexual and that could be many things from posing to bikini cut etc is a no go. (remember catalogue companies have stylist and are use to working with under 18s and would have correct procedures in place) If the police look at the images and they decide they are indecent then they would take matters further. My advice shoot a model who is over 18 with ID. (passport or photo driving license)
Posted 24 April 2015
Edited by designerhugh 24 April 2015
MaoZhu
Photographer
MaoZhu
Personally I cannot even understand why you are asking the question. Even if it is not on your behalf it is something that should be avoided like the plaque. It is so full of problems that somewhere along the line the smallest slip could become the biggest problem in your life.

Posted 24 April 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
There was a photographer on sites like this who used to shoot nudes/lingerie in his spare time for personal work but I believe he also worked for a local newspaper and also took photos for local schools.

Anyway, someone took offence to his personal work and absolutely hounded the bloke on social media, highlighting to as many people as they could to what he does in his spare time and conjuring all manner of unsubstantiated claims to his behaviour. Truly horrible but as this person was anonymously posting there was little he could do.

Really not worth it and I'd suggest if you really do want to work with minors then you have to be absolutely whiter than white (ie. NEVER having shot anything risque) although that's no guarantee someone won't cause trouble.

Posted 24 April 2015
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
RedChecker

There was a photographer on sites like this..

If it's the same person I'm thinking of (Cumbria based I believe) he was a thoroughly nice bloke too and what happened, purely as a result of someone's vindictiveness, was a great shame.
Posted 24 April 2015
Edited by marlhamphoto 24 April 2015
skymouse
Photographer
skymouse
billy1300

Hi all I have hade a request from a new model to do a beach bikini shoot. What is the minimum age the model can be to do a shoot like this. The model is 16. Would appreciate some advise on this matter please Thanks billy.


Personally, as someone who also shoots adult or nude content or anything remotely interpretable as sexy, I wouldn't shoot people under 18 in any circumstances or in any style no matter how uncontroversial. In some people's minds, the two unrelated statements "he produces porn" and "he photographs children" will get fused together.

Posted 24 April 2015
TheChrisS
Photographer
TheChrisS
I'd walk away if this is something that was asked of you.

Imagine the circumstances if the 16 year olds parents didn't know, and found out. If you were the father of a 16 year old girl, would you want her doing bikini shoots?

That's a question to perhaps ask yourself.

If the child was 14, would you do it? Probably not.

12? Absolutely not.

Regardless of the age, this person is a minor.

Walk away.

Posted 26 April 2015
Edited by TheChrisS 26 April 2015
I would say no minimum age, provided that the image isn't provocative in any way. I'm pretty sure there are adverts out there with underage models wearing a bikini. However full parental consent is needed.

Posted 27 April 2015
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