So I have been in front of a camera not very long, many have heard my, "I don't consider myself a model", speech.
Have been on stage more and longer than I have been in front of a camera. BUT - that being said, I am not naive to the pathetic-ness of some GWC's (guys with cameras) out there just TRYING to get their jollies off by taking cheap, pitiful, not even remotely artistic shots of half naked women. And hey, if you can get away with it, more power to you.
So I value my time. I have an appreciative value for other people's time as well. If you are photog, and I see your work or style can benefit me and my portfolio, then I love to do trade work. Often, it can be more freeing and less stressful, as we are both giving of our time to "see what happens".
If your work will do nothing to benefit me, then there needs to be some sort of monetary compensation, as I do not feel your work is worth my time otherwise.
So when I am hit up for paid work, of course I am going to look into it. I am, after all, a business woman. Money talks, bullshit walks.
I receive an email on my modeling portfolio asking for my rates for lingerie work. I send the information and then receive a reply questioning why I am so cheap? (no offense, he says)
I indicate, well, I feel I am reasonable, but my nudework is more.
So shoot concepts are discussed. Rates are discussed. Things seem to be a normal, legitimite business deal so far.
I then start receiving text messages asking if I do more risque things. Well, it depends on the concept. It also depends on the $. I am then being instructed on this photogs 'hosiery fetish', and he would like to get pics of my legs with a male model. Ok fine, I have worked with males before.
Then I get asked if I do video...um...really? REALLY? Not only no, but hell no. (So it becomes rather apparent to me what this is turning into) He says, Oh, well your face wouldn't show. I say, OK, I will do it for $10,000.00, as a consideration offer. he then manages to call me a prima donna, among other things and I reply, well, I TOLD you I don't do video. So IF you are going to continue to ask about that, I am going to tell you the price I will consider.
So the conversation escalates and I finally resolve to tell the wacko, Thank you, but no thank you, I don't think this is going to work. Good luck with your work.
SO I write the fucktard off, and go on with my life.
About an hour later, I get a message asking me to MEET HIM FOR COFFEE AT STARBUCKS AND HE WIILL PAY ME $100.
Are you THAT hard up dude???
So then, yesterday, finally, I get yet ANOTHER message from Mr. PWC, and he wants to know if I will still consider our "original" deal. I say, well, I need you to email me all of the logistics so i can review, and then decide. He says, EMAIL??? I can't type out all of that...
I said, well, I have slept since then, and don't remember, it isn't as if you are the only person I have talked to in the last week.
He calls me a prima donna and a tease, and a few other names and then says, "well, you want me to type out that I want you to get me off with hose on?"
Um....EXCUSE me? You said it was a male model, you never indicated it was you that was the sick fuck wanting to get your jollies off. And HELL NO I am not going to entertain your pathetic fetish fantasy you perverted fuck. Go hire a whore if that is what you want, or a porn star, but leave ME the fuck alone.
Even that doesn't get him to go away.
Finally, I told him that if he didn't leave me alone, I had several LARGE male friends that would not mind going to town on his fucktarded ass and not to think I couldn't find out where he lived. I may be a woman, I may not be super strong, but I AM a redhead, (and we DO do it better) and this fireball will literally beat the fuck out of your sorry ass...
Needless to say, I have not heard from him since.
I think doing artistic nude photography is one of the most beautiful things a person can do. It opens up a trust between you, your internal self, and the person capturing you and your internal self. When assholes set out to violate and take advantage of that trust, they should be tied up to a pole and burned at the penis.