Mark Sacro Photography RIPPED ME OFF ! I hired him to take photos of me. Im just starting out in modeling and thought he could get me started with a good portfolio. So I booked a photo shoot with him at his studio in Long Beach, CA.
I showed up, Mark Sacro just came out of bed (turns out he lives at his studio). So he opens the door smelling like beer ! Yes beer ! I didn't say anything. He asked me to wear something comfortable so he can do my make-up. (YES, Mark Sacro was doing my make-up !) So, as he is doing my make-up, he is asking me if I want a beer ! This is in the morning!!! Are you kidding me >? I said no thank you. So he actually had the nerve to go and get himself a beer (as if his breath did not have enough beer to begin with). So he is now drinking while doing my make-up. I was so turned off, I wanted to walk out, but I had already paid him so I didnt say anything, just went with it.
About 1 hour later, we were ready to shoot. I felt so uncomfortable at this point.
I'm standing on the set, ready for the photo shoot, when people start coming inside the studio (mark's friends, girlfriends, i dont know ,but they were all strangers to me). Mark lets them in like i'm not even there, like I didn't hire him to take photos of me!! So now I am just standing there watching Mark socialize with his friends who are coming and going like they live there. They go into his bedroom, they use the bathroom, they are smoking, drinking. Was I at the right place? was this a photography studio or was this a bar?
Mark left the room with 1 of his friends, and a model girl I had never met before is now keeping me company. She looks like a french prostitue if you ask me, but accoring to Mark and her, she's a "model" who shoots with Mark all the time. So now this hooker, oh excuse me, "model" is asking me if i've ever modeled before, if i need some guidance.. I said no thank you. She comes next to me, and starts to model (there is no photo shoot going on, nobody there at this time except for her and me). So she starts showing me her stripper moves (keep in mind I never asked her to show me anything), she starts to model like a porn star telling me I must be in touch with my sexuality to be a model.
I am new to this, I have not modeled before, this is not appropriate behavior. I already did not feel comfortable smelling beer on Mark's breath in the morning, and on top of that, Mark continued to drink in front of me, asking me if I wanted to drink with him... having his friends and hookers come in and out of the studio during MY TIME !!! and now his hooker model friend is telling me to be sexual and is showing me porn poses (poses I never asked for). !!!
Mark comes out of his bedroom, I told him I had to go... This was not for me.
Is this how all photographers work? By drinking on the job? By having girlfriends make you feel like you have to take off your clothes to be a model?
I am disgusted and I never want to work with Mark Sacro again. After I came home I asked around if anyone else had experienced this with him, and I found out that he may have a drinking problem and this is not the 1st time something like this has happened.
I just want everyone to know my experience. I felt ripped off.
Get some help Mark Sacro!!