A couple of days ago, I shot a private commission and according to my own personal rules that means I was paid for the shoot and have no right to use or show the images in any way. In private shoots, I guarantee absolute privacy, meaning short of a legal subpoenae, I will never even admit I did a shoot with a particular lady much less ever show the images. Now I admit to being a photographic whore, meaning in a private session I'll shoot whatever the client wants. Show mne the money and I'm yours!
But once in a while, not often, just once in a while, something extraordinary happens during these private sessions. The lady knows no one will ever see the images other than those she chooses to show them to, so inhibitions fall by the way side. They know any shots they consider to be 'too much' will simply be deleted and they relax and often choose to explore their self image and even their sexuality.
I did one of those shoots a couple of days ago and something magical happened. The lady, a 40 year old bartender blossomed in front of the camera. With what turned out to be one of the most erotic faces I've over photographed and a body many 20 year olds would die for, we ended up with some of the overall best images I've ever created. And I can't show them, I can't post them, I can't use them in exhibiions, I can't do anything other than to cash the check. Now money is good, in fact it's great, I love it, but but sometimes I would just like to show a damned photo! At 40+, with this ladies face and 'hard body', if she were interested she could become a dominate model on this forum in no time. But I can't show a pic, I can't even hang one on my living room/studio wall.
My question is this, my policy of absolute privacy is iron clad, in a private session no one will ever see the images other than those the client shows them to - I'll never use them for any purpose whatsoever. Now I've no question that my promise of absolute privacy gains me sessions I would not get otherwise, but do others offer similar promises? Do other shooters offer iron clad privacy to private (paid) clients? Is privacy an absolute or is it relative?