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| p.1 #4 · Male boudoir photog question re: chapperones |
I seem to recall several "boudoir seminars" (some rather prominent), as well as books, dvd's, etc. I'd be curious to know what those who are TEACHING boudoir have to say on the subject ... or do they conveniently avoid the issue due to its liability potential if they give that kind of advice.
I have known some in the past (many years ago) that required the client bring along a friend. The rationale being that if it is "their watchdog" ... the opportunity to "go there" no longer exists. That, and are you REALLY gonna "go there" if it is two against one ... presents a somewhat logical defense that it is an irrational allegation should it come out of the blue. Kinda like how minors bring along a parent/guardian concept, even though you aren't dealing with minors, just having another person on "their side" affords a "prevention environment" that you have extended to them (i.e. you required it) that serves to protect both sides. I suppose you could include an option (mua $$$) if they want you to keep the mua around an extended timeframe, instead.
Contract language (or waiver thereof) requiring them to be accompanied is likely something I'd include prior to shooting. I think it conveys an integral concern for a sensitive issue and says that you are deferring to their choice of "watchdog", which takes away the potential for your "watchdog" to be a case of "the fox guarding the hen house".
I recently had a friend undergo a false allegation from a hotel maid while attending a professional conference. Sadly, it costs him the defense $$$, but the judge saw through the ruse. The "he said/she said" one vs. one presents a tough gig to figure out who is being truthful. I'd rather be against two of them (rather than one-one), when one of them is to be their own watchdog in place (contract language). If they then make false allegation afterwards ... it can be a strong indicator of it being a ruse.
In today's realm ... ... I defer to those currently in the industry (and competent legal counsel), but just wanted to offer some "old school" food for thought.
BTW, with lots of daughters and daughters' friends around the house, needing car rides home or wanting pictures taken, etc. over the years ... we have a longstanding rule around my house ... dad is NEVER alone with anyone. "He said/she said" is like playing Russian Roulette and you're not the one holding the gun.