Well he can now add the "knob-head of the night" award to his photoshop qualifications.
And "verbal manure distribution operative".
He almost made me swear earlier too.
I have not seen one reason on here why a model should not be able to take a chaperone to a shoot.
I think that there is a slight difference between the checkout at Tescos, and a young model in her underwear, on her own with just a tog in a studio.
I hav no problems whatsoever with chaperones.
There will always be 'chaperone posts' popping up regularly because it is such a topical and emotive issue!
Personally speaking, I don't object to the presence of chaperones but, they CAN inhibit shoots at times therefore, I'd much prefer that any model with whom I had a prospective shoot, took it upon herself to actually contact other models with whom I'd worked so that they could feel assured that no harm would come to them during a shoot with me.
II can understand some model's concerns as there are lots of GWC's on forums like this who's only motivation seems to be, to get the model to take as much kit off as possible for their own gratification - this is only too evident in some profiles. However, if a photographer has lots of good feedback going back quite a while, then I don't see the need for a model to bring along a chaperone as, it is evident that they are a respected photographer and if a model still insists that she brings along a chaperone to a shoot with such a photographer, then perhaps she's in the wrong industry.
As for me, I'm not going to risk sullying my reputation for any female, no matter whether they are fully clothed or nude - my interests are purely in the aesthetics of the shoot as I'm sure is the case of most other respectable photographers. In any case, I have a young and very attractive partner who is far prettier than many models on these forums so, I can see an attractive female body at any time and she doesn't need a chaperone with me.
I will shoot with models who wish to bring along a chaperone but, I will only do so when my partner is also available to monitor the model's chaperone, so it gets a bit complicated and restricts the opportunities to work with these models.
Recently I read a post from a relative newbie, who at the bottom of her profile wrote " I always bring along a chaperone as there are all kinds of pervs out there" - now I don't know about other photographers but I personally wouldn't feel comfortable working with a girl like that even if she did bring along a chaperone.
The short answer for models is: Actually first check the references of the photographers with whom they wish to work - if they have good references, don't be offended if the photographer turns you down if you wish to bring along a chaperone as it could be taken as a slight on their respectability and nothing more sinister than that! You have to appreciate that some photographers actually feel uncomfortable at the presence of a chaperone, while other's don't - if they are known and respected, it certainly doesn't mean that they have ulterior motives by not wanting a chaperone present.
Most respected photographers will never ask you to exceed your maximum levels but be sure to make it clear with regard to your maximum modelling levels before you finalise the shoot. If you work with a photographer who tries to coerce you further, then simply leave the shoot!
If you do take along a chaperone, they should never interfere with a shoot and should only be on a set at the invitation of the photographer.
Again, if you stick to working with photographers with good feedback, you shouldn't need a chaperone or have any worries so, posts like this would become almost redundant.
Great post Tony - spot on. The importance of references seems so often overlooked.
We don't want photographers to think we don't trust them. but when you see in the paper that a teacher was actually a paedo or that an officer tried to rape a woman, it makes us think, if you can't trust them who can you trust... we'd just rather not have to worry about what COULD happen to us meeting the wrong person... Lets face it, it has happened in the past, but its nothing personal to any of you... my partner is always at home when i shoot, makes me feel more comfortable and suppose that helps in the pics... he'll never watch but sit on the comp or ps3 unless we need the front room but usually i'll be in the bedroom... if models boyfriends are 'jealous' then the girls should either not be with them or not model. simple... My partner knows what kind of shoot i'm going to have before hand which is always to topless and he's fine with it...