Sadly, I found myself doing this last night.
However, in my defense, what I was trying to do was to warn a model to be very, very careful about working with a particular photographer. But to do that, I had to say some uncomplimentary things about them.
This particular photographer *can* take good images. I've seen them. And they're a good person. I've met them personally.
But they have a particular style, they never deviate from it, and frankly, the model I was talking to last night is too good - or at least has too much potential - to fall into the trap of continuous unpaid hobby shooting which is this particular photographer's modus operandi.
Now, I'm not saying I'm better than them, and I'm certainly an unpaid hobby shooter. Don't get me wrong. But I was *trying* like the Devil to do shots she can *use* to get *work.* At the very least she walked out of my studio with good solid headshots and body profiles she can show to people and interest photographers who are the next step up from me.
So is it talking smack to say things like, "Keep your clothes on, this photographer is really good at talking models out of their clothes and you don't need that yet?" (They are, too. Wish I knew how they do it!) Or, "You'll get good images from them but they won't really show what *you* look like, because $OTHERPHOTOGRAPHER has a style that uses a lot of artistic post-processing, so don't put them in your portfolio?" If it is, nolo contendre.