Had a lot of people contacting me about another pervert photographer. The best way to avoid these types of situations is to not be in them.
1. ALWAYS research a photographer. At conventions this can be hard to do on the spot so maybe ask your friends there if anyone knows him, never go off to a remote spot to shoot and always take a friend with you. Just because a guy gets a new Rebel camera for his birthday does not make him a professional or expert in the ways of modeling.
2. Free pics are never really free. Don’t want to pay a photographer? Fine but remember that any “free” pic they take is theirs to do with as they please. So any embarrassing images (upskirts, zoomed in on breast, or whatever they talk you into) pics can be plastered all over the web FOREVER. This can be avoided by always having an escort at shoots with people you don’t know or trust.
3. Don’t be afraid to say “I’m done” and walk away. If he is touching you in anyway (trying to pose you) or being persistent or forceful you might be too scared to walk away. This is why you follow step one. Escort, no remote places (woods, hotel room, etc.) If they don’t agree to an escort, don’t shoot with them!
4. TFP (time for prints) means you both shoot free in exchange for pics you can both use for your portfolios. This is great if you actually like the pics this person does. Shooting free with people, hating the pics and untagging yourself doesn’t keep those pics from being all over the web forever. Imagine if the first image people see of you when they Google you is that. Free isn’t always free.
Always make sure you know what you allowed to do with the images as well. Since contracts are rarely done at a convention, they can shoot you for free and then ambush you with “licensing fees” or try and charge you later. So again, free isn’t free.
Bad photographs are the photographer fault. It’s their job to make the model comfortable, talk (not touch) her through posing and expressions and properly paint them with light.
5. Collectors. These are the guys that love to run around taking perv shots and getting models to do stuff they’ll regret so they can brag to their friends and show them to everyone (while telling you they are for your boyfriend or private use.) I hear stories about who is a what all the time and yet girls keep working with them. All the uncomfortable hugs and touchy hands, all the polite perv comments and of course the pics where I can see the camera owner clicking his way around you to the perv shots.
When allowing someone to take your picture you are giving them permission to stare at you through a peephole that has a zoom lens and is recording everything they want into a computer. You are allowing them the right to post and share every pic you let them get away with.
Talk to friends and other models, make sure you let the photographer know up front what you are okay with AND don’t be afraid to say “NO!” A free picture isn’t free.