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The Perverted Photographer: Things NOT to say while at a Photo Shoot

By Anthony Thurston on May 6th 2013

If you are a guy and have worked with models it has likely crossed your mind about the appropriateness of something you may want to say to a model during a shoot. Be it a compliment, a critique, or whatever sometimes it can be hard to nail down what is appropriate in a given situation. My basic rule of thumb is that if I am unsure of the appropriateness of something that pops into my head I just don’t say it. I would rather be a silent photographer than a talkative pervert that no one wants to work with because I creep them out. No one wants to be that pervert photographer that all the models tell other models to stay away from, so pay attention…

This group of models, The Rag Mag Rejects, put out this funny video on things that you should NOT say during a photoshoot. The video itself is obviously exaggerated, but it’s still a very serious theme about how ridiculous some of the crap that models have to hear is. Check it out below, I got a good laugh out of it and you should too.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Anthony Benjamin

    You say the video is exaggerated but I’d say the whole thing is played for laughs. When I did this type of work I always told myself that if the model didn’t like me as a guy, it would show in the pictures. Many photographers spend too little time building a rapport with the model and are surprised when the shots don’t work.

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    • Joey Duncan

      Very true, this is something I always think about. My first real photoshoot with “models” turned out very well, and it’s because I was able to engage them. the second…. not so much…. it showed in the pictures.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes, you are right. The video is making fun of the situation, its not meant to be seriously representing what a photo shoot is like. But as models they have experienced some pretty ridiculous things, so this is there way of shedding light on it while having some fun with it at the same time.

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