Oh gosh – what are the standards in regards to photo editing these days?!
I have to let steam off as I just had the craziest experience for a long time.
Here we go:
A escort girl called me to arrange a photo shooting- urgently –
She is this type of girl, who is asking for discounts and pushing everything in the first place- which is not a good start
Anyway, she did turn up half an hour late – and had decided not to book a hair &make up artist. Her figure was nothing spectacular – dress size 14 and her body was not toned; which is not a problem to me as I always find ways in getting the correct position and backgrounds for any kinds of girl, and I love having a challenge.
But immediately when she walked through the door, she showed me her previous photos taken by a Russian women photographer who is charging £1000 for a single photos shooting and explaining that she can’t use this glamour photos as her family has found her with this photos on a escort agency website.
NO WAY her family would have recognize her with this photos! I could not even recognize this girl at all on the photos she has shown me standing next to me. After I told her that this can’t be true, she admitted that it is the photographs who are ‘not working for her’ – Yes, obviously, I replied as if I would have seen this photos and would have booked this lady based on the photographs, I would have run, not walked away, once I would have seen the ‘real’ person.This has nothing in disregards to her real figure but more in misleading the viewer of the photographs what ‘she like to be’-
So, here we go again. These over-retouched photos are NOT working! The girl has spent £1000 for a photo shooting and she is not getting any jobs out of these photos! How these girls/agencies can think that with slimming down a girl from size 14 to size 6 – showing her topless with perfect-formed breasts as in reality they are very far from being perfect- in getting the most jobs? Even if the customer would still see her- he would definitely not return to her or the agency again.
If the customers still booking these girls with the over retouched photos, the future will look not good for me, as I always believe that it is the better in not misleading the customers as they would acknowledge the honesty and would return to the girl/agency over and over.
So it is up to you –the customer -who are booking the girls to make decision which girl to see. I believe that I know the answer of what kind of photographs they/you would like to see. But as long as not as many complaining about these super-fake photos nothing will change and the whole escort booking/market will be a gamble for the future to come.
Btw.: I have declined taking the girls photos at the end as she got outfits/shoes borrowed from friend, which were all 2-3 sizes, too small. She could not walk in these shoes as well as all the outfits were cutting into her skin –horrendous! She told me that she likes to work for £450 an hour and was arguing the whole time about the ideas I had in mind for her photo session. She wanted to be Top class escort with outfits from Primark .Enough is enough.
I really hope that people/customer will ‘stand up’ and making decisions in not booking these girls who are show casting this super fake photographs. This would be the solution for them in not being disappointed once they see the real girl opening the door and for me in continuing being a successful honest photographer for the escort market.
And girls, please learn from this story, as much photo shopped and beautiful you will look on these photos, (over stretched legs – sizing you down not one size –which would be ok- but downsizing you 3-4 sizes-this would NOT mean that you will be becoming busy with these photos- the trick is in finding the middle way. Having photos taken showing your positive features, hiding your not so good features and bringing out your own character and NOT make all of you look like a Russian Barbie dolls- This is what I stand for!