I’ve noticed a hell of a lot of new face models being shot for tests by young, male, Auckland based photographers of late, and there seems to be a fairly consistent theme running through the lot – exposed breasts. All I can say to any young girls thinking about getting into the business is that your bare breasts aren’t going to get you a job. It’s not art and it’s not fashion, it’s an excuse for heterosexual men to see you naked in the name of art or fashion. I spent a good hour talking to a model yesterday about how he wishes his agents had kept a closer eye on him when he first started out. He believes that had they advised him better, there wouldn’t be half naked/compromising photos of him all over the internet now. If you ever feel uncomfortable on a shoot, speak up. If you’re going to shoot a test, ask your agents exactly what’s going to be involved. They’re there to protect you, make sure they do their job. Because seriously – any shot that involves you frolicking naked on a beach could just as easily be taken with you in a bikini. Think about the future – do you really want naked photos of yourself all over the internet? And photographers, stop taking advantage. It’s getting ridiculous.
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