I’m writing this report to serve as a warning and heads up to any potential models out there. My case may or may not be commonplace with him, but it is still wrong and I know he hasn’t delivered images on other occasions. I have finally gotten the chance to shoot with this photographer after a year or more of going back and forth on how we’d love to work together. I moved recently to a city 5 hours away from there he was traveling to, so I decided to jump at the chance. I reached out and he was up for shooting for as long as I wanted if I could help out and pay a fee to help with the space he had rented out for his stay. Me personally, I usually hesitate at paying photographers to shoot since I never have before, but I figured I could afford it and I really wanted to shoot with this guy because his work is amazing. I paid via PayPal and still have the receipt with the notation on it being for our shoot. I also have texts saved discussing details. I also hesitate at paying because I’ve heard of photographers charging models $600+ to shoot and never delivering images. Well, that happened to me finally. I went to shoot with him December 2014, still no pictures. we shot several looks over a day and a half and he went as far as to keep telling me how beautiful I was and that I was muse material. The pictures looked amazing in the back of the camera so I figured everything was on the up and up. I mentioned how other photographers have taken forever to get me our images (if ever), and he insisted he’d get me ALL my images right after the shoot. That failed to happen. He complained about slow wifi and said he’d get me my images soon. I wasn’t too happy with this, and was upset that I failed to bring a contract or thumb drive with me, but I decided to see if he’d keep his word. One of the reasons I chose to just wait it out was because I failed to find anything bad on him while doing my research on him prior to us shooting. Then I started seeing comments on his Instagram from other models not getting their images and him not responding to texts/emails/calls. I’ve texted and called a few times but get no answers or replies. I’ve resorted to sending a DM on Instagram, and saw he read it but did not bother to reply on the status of our shoot pictures. I’m fed up of these photographers taking our hard earned money and wasting our time with nothing for us to show for it. Word of advice to anyone who may want to work with him: bring a contract detailing the shoot terms, and don’t pay until you get your images.
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