Originally Posted by Christine_Marie
but I wish there were some way of really knowing the person you may be about to work with.
Thoughts on this?
Ask for references.....
If anyone is just starting out and does not have references then one should ask if they can bring an escort. If there are issues with this then no need to work at all regardless of income. Safety first and understand who you are working with.
If anyone fails to comply with references, red flag, unless above.
If anyone provides references, please follow through and check up on those references, but then also understand who is being referenced.
Forums are a great source to ask if anyone has heard of such and such a photographer. I would imagine in both private and public you will receive information.
If it's too good to be true, then chances are it is.
Communicate and ask for business address, numbers, client list, etc.
If anyone promises you they will make you a star....ask them who they made a star?
A minor should not go to anyone's assignment alone.
Anytime a minor is around, parents or an adult guardian will be present. Not should be, will be.
The media frenzy on stories like this make it sound as if this industry is nothing but bad and we are all pigs.....keep in mind.....priests, doctors, lawyers, etc, have been busted for the same thing. Casterate them all !!!!
Hijacking the thread now......
Photographers should also be careful as well. You can hear just as much false accusations as you will hear photographers harming others but that never gets reported on.