Complaint Review: Bill Schwanke / Aquarius Photos
Bill Schwanke / Aquarius Photos Lies About Where Pictures End Up And Will Re-Sell Your Photos for Personal Gain Troy Michigan
*General Comment: just ridiculous
Of all of the photographers I have worked with, Bill is the most unprofessional and deceptive. I agreed to take photos for a sneaker fetish site after being referred by a bachelor party company in Detroit, MI. I do not and have no inspiration to work in porn other than helping out at these bachelor parties. Bill will pay $100 per hour per shoot. I needed the money to help with a legal expense.
The owner of the party company told me to contact Bill for a sneaker fetish shoot. I was told the photos would only be used for the sneaker site and that it was a members only site. I emailed Bill for more information. He asked me to send him some sample (clothed) photos so the owner of the sneaker site could approve or disapprove of my look. I was approved and Bill called me to tell me more. I kept asking where the photos would end up and he insisted they were only for the sneaker site. He never once mentioned anything about the photos ending up anywhere else on the internet. The photoshoot we agreed on was for two and a half hours with 3-4 outfit changes. Because this was centered on sneakers, converse or keds were to be worn at all times or somehow incorporated into each photo. During each set, I was to slowly undress myself until I am naked. At the end of the shoot, I was to film a 3-5 minute video with the converse/keds in which I were to also undress.
Bill's studio is at his house. The studio is indeed very nice, but also very dirty once you begin looking closely at everything. He provides a selection of converse and keds to choose from. Everything seemed legitimate.
Bill kept offering poses to try that seem popular on the site. Everything he referenced was for the sneaker website.
At the end of the shoot, I got dressed and he asked to take a photo of me holding my I.D. He pulled $250 out of his wallet for me and asked me to sign the statement for the website. I read it over and asked Bill again if the photos were just for the sneaker fetish site. He confirmed that they were only for the sneaker site.
That was all great until I referred a friend to Bill. She was about to do it until she decided to perform a Google search of his name. She came up with a variety of sites in which photos of women are exploited on with all of the photos being under his name or his company's name. She told me to do the same and contact Bill.
After I performed my own search, I found a site with some of the other girls from the bachelor party company. Their photos were on this site and open to the public to see the full set available. Anybody could right click and copy the photos to their hard drives. I immediately contacted the owner of the company, and lividly, she contacted Bill herself about this as photos of the girls from the company were every only meant for the sneaker fetish site. The photos, though can be simply downloaded to any computer, were available for sale from $16 and upwards near $40.
In response to my email, Bill replied simply saying, " Your real name will never be attached to your pictures. Your pictures may be licensed to other sites (but have not yet since I give the tennis shoe guy 3-6 months exclusive). Your friend must have seen one of his sites. Please don't stress. If someone posts a pic from one of the sites it is because they like you"
This is absolutely not what we had agreed on before, during, or after the shoot. I want the world and potential "models" to be weary of Bill Schwanke's sly antics.
Granted, I should have had my attorney review the contract prior to the shoot and also had him sign something provided by myself. Bill is the most unprofessional, deceptive, and inconsiderate photographer I have ever dealt with.
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