Friday, 21 November 2014

Modelling Beginner Tips 1 : How To Avoid Getting A Scam Photoshoot If You Are A Beginner Freelance Model


Minna-san Konichiwa!

Model: JiaJia | Photographer: Cruiser Photography
*This is a photo as an example from my photoshoot quite long time ago

First of all, let me make a straightforward point in the very first place, I'm not writing this because I'm a narcissistic, a yada yada yada or whatever, it is a big NO (so don't get the wrong idea). I know that some of you girls who are reading my blog get the idea of me are involved in modelling recently, and that's why I feel responsible to share this with you girls who are also a beginner in a modelling career (or if you are interested to start out your modelling journey). I started out my part time career as a freelance model on Dec 2013 ago, and yet I'm still are far away from being called as an "experienced" one because I still do need to learn more & more & more, so I just labelled myself as a model who just have "some experience" in modelling.

Recently I got a few invitations to the photoshoot, I must say honestly here that I'm always so picky towards any photoshoot invitation, I want to build this side career of mine in the way that I wanted & planned, I'm never after the fame, I just prioritize my objectives of something that I wanted to achieve, I do something because I love it. That's why I start slowly, and never hesitate to reject any photoshoot invitation that seems to violate my rights as a model and did not meet my taste & preferences. I have my own reliable & trusted photographers that I always meet & do work together so even if there's any photographer who say they wanna pay me.."Hesitation" never come across my mind if they did not meet my preferences, that was the honest statement from my heart.

The reason of why these invitations got rejected by me, because they're seems to be a fraud and a scam one (, I find it rather a harassment than just an invitation), what I mean by a "scam photoshoot" was never seems to be a legit photoshoot, being a beginner freelance model is very dangerous if you have a zero knowledge about how to differentiate a scam photoshoot and a real photoshoot invitation. Being a model who is under an agency is somehow on a different page, they did't have to worry about anything because they're bound by an agreement and a T&C of their agency, and they're fully protected by their agency, even all cost, props, and their outfits regarding their photoshoot are provided & directed by their agency.

So listen girls, DO NOT think that the world today is very safe especially in this virtual reality world, "wolves are prowling everywhere to find its preys", you have no idea that there are some strange people/perverts who just sneaked into this modelling world and pose themselves as a "photographer" in disguise. Thus, I'm writing this sincerely to help you girls on how to differentiate a scam photoshoot, and a real photoshoot. I hope that even with this little knowledge about the modelling that I have in the box of my chest, it will still be helpful, at least..because I have ventured in this world nearly a year since then, so I might know a little bit.

How to tell if you are getting a real or a scam photoshoot invitation:

1. This is the first thing you should know, if you are a beginner who just received your first ever photoshoot invitation, DON'T be too overly excited until you forget about your own safety and just say YES, instead, check the photographer's background first, ask for their website, FB page, or anything that may prove either he is a fake photographer or a real photographer who are really doing a photography, and REMEMBER, perverts are not too dumb. Sometimes, they're genius as hell, they can make their portfolio seems legit, but that doesn't mean they can ever fish you if you know better, a fake photographer never show their identity, I know sometimes a real photographer also don't always show their identity online, but one thing for sure is, a FAKE PHOTOGRAPHER usually don't have their own page, their profile on website is always with "NO AVATAR", their portfolio are nonsense, sometimes filled with an indecent images, and everything about the fake photographer is always seems so strange. If you remember this & take it deep to your heart, you'll be safe my girls.

2. They are often not asking regarding the photoshoot seriously, they just keep asking about the date of which you should come, and sometimes trying to fish you by saying "I'll pay you, for even how much your rate is, I have no problem to pay" REMEMBER THIS, it was truly RARE for a beginner model to get paid by any photographer, most in time some photographer just willing to do a TFP with them to help them (TFP stand for "Time For Print" or also means a "Tradework", which is neither two parties are paying each other, the photographer use their professional touch to get your figure for their photography, and you are willing to do that to build your own portfolio in return)

3. If you get a photoshoot invitation, try to ask them first if you're allowed to bring a chaperon with you, if they did't allow it and most importantly if they have the NUMBER 1 CHARACTERISTICS, FORGET IT in the first place. Sometimes, a real photography team with their own crews also did't allow you to bring your chaperon to make sure there's no people get in their works on the set, but this case is very RARE, because even though the photography team have a lot of crews, they will still allow you to bring your escorts, just that they aren't allowed to be on the set together with you. So if there's any photographer who say "DON'T BRING ANYONE", or did't reply you back after you say you would like to bring your chaperon...BOOH, HE MIGHT BE THE ONE OF THE WOLVES.

4. Beware of the "NUDE SHOOT", I'm not really against the nude shoot, but it is dangerous for a beginner if you know nothing about it, and please consider & set your goal in modelling once you decided to be a freelance model, ask yourself "What kind of portfolio I would like to build?", "Am I open for a nude shoot?", "What are my genres in modelling", if you are willing to do a nude shoot, it is up to you and it was never wrong in a modelling world, but if you are not willing to do the nude shoot or any kind of indecent shoot...NEVER DO IT , AND STATE THAT CLEARLY in your profile/page or to the photographer. Nude images that a real photographer shot in their portfolio have an artistic value itself, but if there's a fake photographer who claimed that they wanted to collaborate for a nude shoot, and if you are willing to do that, check their portfolio first, and if all the images that they have seems to be too much with a nude images which is almost like a porn, FORGET IT. A NUDE IMAGE & A PORN IMAGE IS TOTALLY A DIFFERENT THING YOU CAN TELL BY YOURSELF. I know there's also a porn model in modelling world, but who want to be one especially if you're a beginner rite?? PLS CONSIDER YOUR OWN SAFETY FIRST! Nude images that the photographers shot have an artistic value, while porn is something different which is all about the SEX. You should know when it is a time to watch out of these SO-CALLED "PHOTOGRAPHERS". If you are a new freelance model, I should suggest you to never ever think about having a nude shoot in your beginning era, not until you be the professional one first if you really want to do that.

5. Always refer to the friends & family, and NEVER just accept the invitation & go alone. Most importantly the very few people don't take seriously, INNER VOICE. If your inner voice say "I'm not sure whether I should go or not" don't go, if your inner voice say "I think this is a scam" don't go, if your inner voice say "It seems like a scam", then don't go too, Believe in your inner voice and use your brain to think logically based on facts & info.

Below is some of the cases of people who posed as a "photographer" to lure a girls into a modelling job, perhaps this is a WARNING to the girls out there who aspire to be a model to be cautious in engaging into this world, because what looks safe to you might not really safe actually.

This case is not involving the self-honour issue only, but also the robbing issue. There are a lot of female models who have involved in this case as a victims, recently one of my model friend also got cheated, robbed & molested, I'm so thankful to god nothing even worse happen to her..though she was upset..I hope she is better now., thus I write this post with a good intention and sincerely just want to spread out the info & warn the new aspiring models who may not know about this, perhaps you could be cautious. If you have some queries regarding this post never hesitate to email me or leave me a comment on this post, I'll surely glad to help you out with what I know.

See you guys again on my next post!

-Jia Jia-


  1. Wow.. is that really you? Thanks for sharing your thoughts jia. Your right, people need to be more cautious when it comes to modelling, there are definately a lot of wolves. Fame ain't anything, it could bring you tumbling down in an instant. My friend had these kinds of experience in modelling, but we couldn't do anything to help her.

    1. Yes, that was me before I really wear's not that much I could help but I'm so relieved to learn that it was helpful =)
      Yes you are rite, fame isn't something we should go after, it is just enough to build my own portfolio, for me that's already pay off my hard work on it..I hope your friend is ok now..I also have some of my friends who got cheated in modelling job, some are even get molested, thus I'm feeling so sad & worried thinking of other girls who are also a new model who know nothing about the danger in this world..that is why I wrote this, I'm hoping it will do a little help for the new beginner models. =)


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