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Taken on trust

dudler

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Taken on trust

12 Aug 2020 8:56AM   Views : 357 Unique : 192

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Working with models a lot, Iím used to trusting people Ė and they trust me. We work in each otherís homes, make arrangements to meet in outlandish places, send deposits (or turn up miles from home without a deposit)Ö

Novices will do well to pay it really safe and work in an established studio Ė this has the benefit of a built-in chaperone, as well as plenty of lighting equipment and advice. Everyoneís interests are protected, and itís well worth the extra cost of a studio.

Thereís one area where trust should be backed up by hard evidence, and thatís age. If you take nude pictures, as I do, itís important to understand that there are significant legal consequences that result from photographing anyone under the age of 18 without clothes. It follows perfectly logically that partially-clothed or suggestive images are a dangerous area with an underage model. And, quite apart from the legal consequences, would you really want to take such images?

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The standard check is to ask the model to produce photographic ID, either a passport or a driving licence. And Iíd suggest that Ė for any model who is young or young-looking, itís well worth asking for ID and taking a portrait with the ID next to the modelís face.

Of course, there can be strong circumstantial evidence of age: a model who has been a member of a networking website for six years, and posting nude images of herself all that time is very likely to be 24 or older. Reputable websites take great care with these things, because they would be likely to lead to closure and a lot of legal hassle, even for an innocent mistake.

Itís not an area where Iíve had many problems: I tend to photograph slightly older models Ė they fit my aesthetic. But occasionally, I meet models who can look young in the right light, or who have a smaller, underdeveloped-looking bust, and in these cases I take great care. Once, a model contacted me, keen to shoot nudes in her home: as soon as I asked her for identification, the conversation ended. I drew my own conclusions, and you may well do the same.

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Even if you donít take nudes, you may need to be careful. There are potential crossover areas of photography which can sneak up on you and take you unawares.

If you agree to take portraits of a friendís daughter, shall we say, itís wise to lay out the territory in advance and ask that a chaperone is present all the time. Itís not unknown for a girl of 14 or 15 to want to present a glamorous view of themselves, in a way that could be very difficult to deal with. Mum or Dad in the room should provide a deterrent to this, though itís wise to remain alert anyway. Remember, your country needs lertsÖ

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1699 England
12 Aug 2020 8:57AM
Top to bottom, models are Kittekat, Niki Flynn, Princess B and Shadowside. To the best of my knowledge, only Princess B is still modelling.
chase Plus
15 1.8k 442 England
12 Aug 2020 2:07PM
Proof of age is so very important these days where trust has lost it's meaning Sad
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 8:14PM
What sensible advice and love your bottom image.

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