Be smarter and safer
Sarah. What can be said that can’t be seen in these images? Strong, confident, alluring and, of course, very sensual. So much power and grace in one person shouldn’t be allowed. She went from quiet and soft to hold onto your hat effortlessly. Simply staggering.
Yes, I know there’s a black and white image in there. Black and white remains my main love as it has a beauty all it’s own. I don’t show it so much as it doesn’t really fit the soft, warm-lit images typically presented here so allow me this indulgence from time to time :-).
In a previous post I wrote about how to be safe and making more informed choices on whether or not you might want to work with someone. I’d like to continue that here. This information pertains to a point after you’ve chatted with a potential photographer on-line or via email, checked out their work, and still have nagging doubts.
If there’s still doubts then I would ask the photographer for a list of recent references of people they’ve worked with that you can contact and ask for their honest opinion. Ask them what doubts they might have had before their session, what eased their doubts, how did the actual session go, what did they think of the experience after, were they satisfied with the images and just satisfied in general with their experience, et cetera. Any photographer should be able to produce 3 such references easily. Real info from people just like you should go along way to assuring fears. If they are hesitant or question why then that would be another flag.
If there’s still uncertainty then I’d suggest meeting the photographer in a neutral, public space like a bookstore, coffee shop or any other place of your choosing days before a potential session. A face to face chat is usually a pretty good barometer of how things will go. You can tell, by talking to them, watching their body movements, and listening to their responses if you are going to mesh well.
Always, always trust your gut. I can’t emphasize that enough. If, at any point during any of this, if warning bells go off then back out. A true professional understands that sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Everyone won’t mesh well with everyone and we know it. Allow them to ask why and to respond to your response. If they don’t back out gracefully then you just might have dodged something.
I’ve been known to gracefully back out of talks if things don’t click right in my head. After all – I have to maintain my safety too. I’m bringing people into my space and can get hurt. Stuff has been stolen in the past. This is a two-way street in so many ways.
After this point you should have more than enough information to make a decision on. Even so, I’d still let people know where you’ll be and for how long. A quick text during an outfit change to let someone know it goes well is always a good idea.
I hope this quells any uncertainty about safety you might have had. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure you check those references and do your homework. An informed decision based on solid information is always the best course of action. Be smart and stay safe.