Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

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Latest post Wed, May 29 2013 12:58 AM by Angie, Community Moderator (Admin). 22 replies.
  • Fri, Nov 23 2012 9:26 AM In reply to

    • N.Treuby
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    Re: Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

    On the plus side, I was able to meet with the president of the agency Wednesday night after work, and he has informed me that none of my photographs have been published or posted yet. He was able to provide photocopies of all the forms I signed, along with a complimentary data disc of my top 24 shots.

    When I asked about the possibility of withdrawing the more risque content and returning a portion of the fee, he graciously offered a gentlemen's agreement that I can redo portions of the session I was not comfortable with, if I cover the studio costs myself. 

  • Fri, Nov 23 2012 10:05 AM In reply to

    Re: Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

    N.Treuby:
    On the plus side, I was able to meet with the president of the agency Wednesday night after work, and he has informed me that none of my photographs have been published or posted yet.

    If it were me I would try and get ALL copies of this material and personally destroy it.  The problem is that if the photographer keeps anything and gets desperate financially nothing may be preventing her from using that material in the future. 

    N.Treuby:
    He was able to provide photocopies of all the forms I signed

    I would high tail it to a lawyer and find out what my exposure (no pun intended) is immediately.

    N.Treuby:
    he graciously offered a gentlemen's agreement that I can redo portions of the session I was not comfortable with, if I cover the studio costs myself. 

    That seems fair since there would be an expense.  I would also find out about getting all that material and having it destroyed.

    "That's just my opinion, then again I might be wrong."  Dennis Miller

     

  • Fri, Nov 23 2012 11:08 AM In reply to

    • N.Treuby
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    Hard to be sure ALL copies are destroyed in this age of digital photography. Better to attempt a legal resolution, I suspect. I would want them to sign the rights back over to me so I could sue should anything be posted or printed later.

    I just received an email from the company. They have arranged for a possible reshoot in early December, this time at their warehouse location with a different photographer. They want me for two hours, and I'm told the only cost to me will be $400 per hour for him and his assistant.

    You can bet I will have a lawyer read any paperwork FIRST this time. 

  • Fri, Nov 23 2012 2:19 PM In reply to

    • Cica
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    Re: Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

    N.Treuby:
    I debated on whether or not to include a real name and/or profile pic here ...I felt that including a name and a sample from my portfolio would help demonstrate that I am a flesh-and-blood person with high hopes for a semi-professional modeling career someday... Granted, the shirtless photo was probably a bit much and I have removed it on everyone's wise advice. 

    Problem is that no one would have considered THAT photo to be the pornographic shot ... and would have wondered.

    I think back to a poster several years back who got cited for urinating in public.  Who found the post and everything he stated in it?  The cop who cited him.  That's why people are encouraged not to divulge too much info.

    Further, your avatar photo (to the best of my knowledge) wasn't copy proof.  I think all that anyone has to do is copy image -- and then use it for whatever they want.

    Anyway, I'm glad you've taken the precaution. :)

    Good luck.

  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 9:40 AM In reply to

    • N.Treuby
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    Re: Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

    Quick follow-up as a courtesy to those who helped me in this forum.

    I spoke with a lawyer on Monday, and his opinion is that (1) I was SOMEWHAT stupid for signing the model release before my photo shoot without reading it first and keeping a copy; (2) I was SOMEWHAT stupid for letting alcohol impede my judgement in a work environment; (3) I was INCREDIBLY stupid for not pulling the plug on the session when it became clear they expected full nudity; (4) My 'career' in mainstream modeling is basically over; (5) Proceeding with another 'reshoot' session would only make my situation worse, since essentially I would be paying THEM to take even MORE humiliating photos of me and even if I wore a mask or hid my face I would still be a two-time fetish model with a growing portfolio.

     

  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 10:13 AM In reply to

    • N.Treuby
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    Re: Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

    P.P.S. My lawyer DID point out that I'd collected a decent check for my troubles, above average for male models without much experience. Not that he would officially 'advise' fetish photography as the ideal career, but money is money. He also offered to pre-read any future paperwork should I decide to accept any paying gigs in the future ... and for a standard fee he could be present during any future sessions as an advisor.

  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 12:35 PM In reply to

    Re: Tricked into a pornographic photo shoot

    Did you consent to being chained to the wall?  Even if you did, at any point thereafter, did you request to be unchained and, if so, was your request ignored?  How did you "CLEARY try[] to communicate that [you] didn't like what was happening"?  Did you actually communicate it or did you just try to communicate?  If the latter, was your inability to communicate because of the gag in your mouth?

    Depending on the specific facts and the terms of the contract you signed but did not read and of which you don't have a copy, you could have a claim.  For that matter, the whole event could have verged into criminal territory.

  • Wed, May 29 2013 12:58 AM In reply to

    Update by N. Treuby

    Just a quick follow-up for those on this website who generously offered me advice in this matter.

    FIRST THE GOOD NEWS: The producers of the bondage catalog were so annoyed with my hassling them with legal threats, they elected not to use any of my content in their online and print editions. Hooray!

    NOW THE BAD NEWS: Since they had legally acquired full ownership of my nude photos via my initial signature, they decided to recoup the session cost by selling the digital rights to a website that specializes in "revenge porn," (ie. embarrassing pictures of ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends taken by their girlfriends during good times, later to be exploited after the breakup for the purpose of humiliation and revenge.) Upon contacting the site's webmaster via email, I found out they "do" occasionally remove content from the site upon the requests of the men in the photos ... but naturally there is a substantial "processing" fee of up to $1000 per photo which I cannot afford. So I am hoping the site goes under soon, and the photos should eventually go away.

    Meanwhile, my mainstream modeling career DOES appear to have ended. I tried leaving that unfortunate incident off my resume and pretending it never happened, but in the half-dozen interviews since, EVERY interviewer invariably opens with a question about that "bondage porn" shoot last year.

    On the plus side I have been able to get occasional work OUTSIDE the usual agencies. 

    THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE GENEROUS ADVICE, FOLKS. HOPE OTHERS CAN LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.



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