I was scouted in a club one night when I was out with some girlfriends. The girl was sweet and said she liked my look. They called me the next day and had me come in for an interview. I brought in a small portfolio of pictures and they loved them. Said I was definitely a fit.
I went in for my next interview and was signed on for a professional photo shoot with Richard Cordero. He's a big time pro and they were offering me a special deal. I know how expensive good shoots can be so I jumped on the deal. I showed up to a couple workshops prior to the shoot and learned absolutely nothing. The posing workshop was a huge waste. They never went over anything that had to do with posing, they just made sure payments and time slots and what to wear/bring to the shoot was taken care of. We were all also told that we would need to lose weight. It was 4 days before the shoot, so I don't know what they expected. That and I'm a personal trainer with 15% bf so there is no 'weight' to lose.
The day of the shoot, I picked out a few different outfits and headed to the outdoor hotel in the Springs where the location of the shoot was at my designated time. When I arrived, we were in a small 2 bedroom cottage. One bedroom was designated for the photgrapher's work space and things, the second bedroom was designated to the guys.
This was a coed shoot with models from 15-30+ yrs of age and no parents were onsite for the minors. The girls were left to dress and undress in one small bathroom and a kitchen area open to the main room where a representative of access world talent Jef Carani was doing hair and makeup.
I was a half hour early to my shoot and wasn't seen for an hour and a half. I was pushed aside and hardly guided with what to wear for each shoot. Jef kept going into the boys room as they were dressing and 'adjusting them' He was tying up their privates so they looked good in their underwear shoots.
The girls were left to their own to get ready.
The photographer Richard was what gives the word photographer a bad name - slimy and perverted. He talked inappropriately to me during each shoot and asked to touch my breasts. He and Jef had me pose with another male model and never asked about our level of comfort.
At one point Jef just removed the males underwear without asking. The whole time we shot together Richard made lude comments and inappropriate suggestions. The male model I posed with was young and was obviously embarassed and uneasy with the words of Richard and actions of Jef. At the end of the shoot Richard asked us if we'd like the room to ourselves to finish off. Both of us too embarassed to really reply just grabbed our clothes and fled the room. Jef then asked both of us not to tell Jane about the part of the shoot where we posed together.
Jef spent most of his time in the room where the guys were dressing so makeup and hair was extremely backed up. There were 4 or 5 other girls and 5 other guys there at the same time as me. The males that were waiting, were in the main room. I was literally crouched in a corner dressing so they couldn't see all f me. I felt very uneasy for a little 15 year old girl who was very uncomfortable with Richards comments to the older female models around her. After the whole ordeal I was angry at how the shoot had taken place and that this was suppossed to be professional company. I contacted Jef multiple times to address my frustrations. He soon just started ignoring my calls.
When I went in to get my cd of photos, Jane could not make time for me, even though I had an appointment with her. I went home, checked out the photos and they were awful. Very amature work with lighting and angles, they were not finished and they did not have a signature that you want with big photographers. They looked like my son had taken them in the backyard. When you work with a professional they mark their pictures because it helps their exposure as well as yours. To work with a big photgrapher means just as much as the pictures- that's why you pay the higher price for them, but these photos could have been taken by anyone. I also did not get the 2nd cd, the one that had me in comprimising poses with the male model. I reached out immediately to Jane and was never contacted back. I texted and left messages for Jef asking about the other cd and asking him to talk to me about the shoot. I never received any contact back from them.
I went on to dispute the charges on my credit card for the shoot and they started their small investigation into the matter. Jane replied with the fact that I must be satisfied because the pictures were downloaded on my online comp card which she sent in. I did not load the pictures up- so that means they did to cover their butt.
I then reached out to Jane again and she offered to 'touch up' some photos and give me a replacement cd. I informed her that I did not need a replacement but that I needed the cd that contained nude photos of me and another male model at the shoot. I also informed her that I had tried to contact her to issue a complaint on the photographer, the photo shoot, and Jef. I informed her that Jef asked me and the male model not to tell her about the extra shoot we did. She at that point never contacted me again.
I have called randomly over the last year and she has never answered my calls or returned my messages. Jef apparantly fell off the face of the earth too as I never heard back from him after the night of the shoot. So with this company I not only paid them money but I have pictures out there from an uncomfortable shoot that i have never seen. Wait till I become famous and these d**n naked pics surface- go figure.