So here we are, born and living on this planet RIGHT NOW despite all the universe’s odds.
I strive daily to do the right thing within my arm’s reach, nurturing my 3 sons in the ways of life. I’m not perfect, I don’t claim to be however, I do know that there are things happening in my industry RIGHT NOW that are unacceptable. This post and the survey isn’t for the faint hearted. It’s brutal and honest … just like me.
I’ve set up a work in progress group called EMPOWER to discuss and tackle the appalling level of abuse (sexual/bribery/pressure) of models (experienced and new) which exists in the photography world. Please join. Everyone is welcome.
I have first hand experience of being pressured during a photo shoot. I have model friends who have been pressured and bribed post shoot too. There is currently story after story unfolding on social media RIGHT NOW including the naming & shaming of photographers who have abused their power of trust. That’s not my agenda here. Pandora’s Box is slowly opening. It’s not going to be pretty.
It is my hope that as an industry we can map out and agree a set of industry standards/guidelines that every model, agency, professional body and photographer can positively work with ensuring everyone’s safety but first we need to know the scale of the problem.
If you are a model and have experienced pressure/abuse/inappropriate behaviour/bribery during or after a shoot then please complete this survey.
All information you provide will remain completely anonymous. Be brave. You are not alone. Trigger Warning advice at the start of the questionnaire.
If you are a photographer, then please feel free to grab the survey link and use it on your own blog, page, social media to help this get traction. Some of the stories received so far from respondents are pretty shocking.
Let’s start to clean up our industry RIGHT NOW.