by Leighton DaCosta
This is a post in response to a Model Mayhem thread on why so many photographers dislike the idea of a model bringing an escort to a photo shoot. There are many arguments for and against, including professional reasons, but often the reason for bringing one is purely emotional.
While I am currently based in Jacksonville, Florida; I have shot all over the United States from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Las Vegas, Nevada to Ventura, California. Traveling so much, doesn’t often allow a potential model/client to really get a “personal” feel for me, my personality, or my work methods, except by reading my blogs, or doing a simple background check by talking to prior clients and models.
When you make the choice to include an escort, think to yourself the reason “why” you are doing so. Are you doing it for personal, or professional safety. If you don’t feel comfortable with that photographer, why shoot with him period? If you were agency represented, do you really think that they will send you to work with an “escort”?
I can go on and on about the con’s of this practice, but I will tell photogs that by you choosing not to allow escorts, are you passing up good talent? Why would I require a 17 y/o to have a guardian come to a shoot, but as soon as she turns 18, its time to get rid of the escort?
As a MODEL, I will always state that it is your RIGHT to work in whatever conditions you CHOOSE… The same as it is ALSO the PHOTOGRAPHER/CLIENT’s right to NOT HIRE YOU, or choose you for a shoot. Whether it is something fully clothed, or fully nude, both parties have choices.
The main thing to consider is communication on both sides so the session can go as smooth as possible.