Dear Models

Dear Models (particularly photographer festival/convention models),

If a photographer is asking you to skulk around an abandoned building for a shoot, please exercise caution and good sense–or (best option) give it a pass completely. You will find everything from rats to falling staircases to broken glass to collapsing ceilings to other people in those buildings doing things far less innocent than a photo shoot. This goes double if the photographer wanting to “experiment” is from out of town and doesn’t understand how it is in your city.

Other key points to remember when considering a shoot like this–

*A photographer who “carries” is NO substitute for actual security and will likely get you hurt more than they will actually protect you. It isn’t like the movies.

*You know where the bathroom is for those shoots? Yeah, neither does your photographer–you’re going to be squatting in weeds with no TP.

*If you have to call emergency services to the building because something horrible happened there while you were trespassing, you’re also in for big legal trouble that your “wild, crazy, fun” photographer is NOT going to help you out of.

Free (and likely crappy, let’s be 100% real) pictures for your portfolio are simply NOT worth it.

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