I have a policy regarding chaperones, providing I am told in advance the name of the chaperones and that they don't interfere with the shoot its fine by me. I did have one chaperone who would keep jumping up and taking photos himself and refused to stop so I ordered him to leave , I was paying for the models time. I find that a chaperone can come in handy sometime as an assistance holding items like reflectors . If a model turns up without telling me they are bringing a chaperone I refuse to let them in full stop. One thing that is food for thought do any photographers take a chaperone with them when they do a shoot in a models home, the reason I say that is I'm disabled and could easily be overpowered by most female models.
Next time tell the tog you dont drive and will need a lift - ask him if it ok for the driver to hang around and that they wont get invovled in any way - if he says no then tell them to go away politely - I always alllow chaperones to a shoot as long as they keep quiet - I think with certain models it helps them relax more and it shows in there work too - There are hundreds of togs who will allow chaperones so just make sure you use one of those !! I also had two of my best shoots with the chaperones on a group shoot as other models no showed !!
For some reason, I am rarely impressed by the quality of photography from people who are keen on chaperones. Most of the best photographers have a positive dislike for them.
Not in my experience, especially if the model is good (not everything people say on the forums is true, everyone makes exceptions somewhere).. And about 99% of dodgy people seem to be very vocal about their hatred of chaperones. So it all evens out.
Most of the "I love chaperone" photographers appear to be photographers of poor to moderate ability who are desperate to shoot novice models, who would ignore their TF requests if based solely on portfolio quality. Check out the appalingly bad editing of some of the pro-chaperone togs on this thread.
One thing that is food for thought do any photographers take a chaperone with them when they do a shoot in a models home
I shoot alongside my fiancé John often, which I suppose could be seen as having a chaperone by some even though we're both 'working'. If we two are shooting together in a model's home, we tell them they are welcome to have a relative/partner/friend in the home while we're there. I don't allow chaperones there when I'm shooting a model alone however; it's simply a safety policy I have, I refuse to be outnumbered as I'm just a weak, short-arse girl, lol. Because of this, I understand a model might not want to be outnumbered either, which is why I allow a chaperone when I shoot them with my partner. So long as the person they bring is not getting in the way or behaving inappropriately, they don't bother me at all; many of them I've met have been perfectly nice to chat to while the model is changing etc.
Most of the "I love chaperone" photographers appear to be photographers of poor to moderate ability who are desperate to shoot novice models, who would ignore their TF requests if based solely on portfolio quality. Check out the
appalingly bad editing of some of the pro-chaperone togs on this thread.
I don't have a problem with photographers advertising their welcoming of chaperones. As someone who refuses them it can't possibly affect me. The problem with this issue only really arises when the implication that it is somehow dodgy to refuse a chaperone is voiced by one of those photographers.. If people just accept each other's working preferences then there's no basis for controversy.