Jason Christopher Photography Jason Christopher Photography Jason Christopher Rips Off His Photographer Representative Westlake, California
I met Jason Christopher when I was a Modeling Agent for one of the biggest modeling agencies in the country, after I left the modeling agency, I went to work as a Casting Director for beauty/fashion/lifestyle and was asked by Jason Christopher to represent him as his Photography Agent, I said that this was unfamiliar territory, but let me see if I can get you with an established Photographer Rep. Unfortunately not one of the Photography Reps wanted to take on Jason as a client, which I found to be unusual, especially for someone as talented as Jason Christopher. So I decided to be Jason's Agent at the standard 25% fee. Every Rep knows that under an exclusive agreement, the Agent is entitled to his commission regardless of whether or not the Agent procures the employment in all forms of Photography. I worked very hard promoting Jason to every Advertising Agency in this country, I promoted Jason to every fashion designer, manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler in Los Angeles to drum up some work for him, this included meeting with all the above mentioned and so forth, including promoting his talent to models for portfolio work. For the last 4 months I have spent over 1000 hours promoting Jason and his work, but does he remember his Rep when work comes in? Of course not and refuses to pay me for all his photography jobs that I did not get for him. Unfortunately I made the mistake of not signing an agreement with someone who I thought was my friend. In the course of working with Jason, Jason would give the employer the bid for the shoot, inflated by Jason of course, only to under pay the models, make up artists and hairstylists for each job. Jason is very bad at business, he forgets to sign model releases for fashion shoots and portfolio work, he doesn't like to fill our IRS forms for those who have worked with him, he prefers to pay cash, up until recently he had been operating under Jason Christopher Photography for the last 12 years which has never been formed as a business until I got him to do it just recently, the IRS and local governments would love to hear about that one and all the money he owes them.A warning to models, if you ever decide to get your portfolio done by Jason Christopher be very careful he doesn't try to get you drunk, to get you to pose naked because he will try something unappropriate with you like he has done with several models in the past including a model named Emma who has a Rip Off Report on him as well. By the way his studio is in his home, so I suggest that you do a location shoot instead if you want your pics done by him. If you are a teen model, I would really consider shooting with some other photographer, don't want you to feel uncomfortable either.I'm sorry that I had to learn the hard way with Jason, I thought we had a solid friendship, I thought wrong and because I did not sign an agreement with him I am out over $11,300 in 4 months for all the hard work I have put in promoting this so called friend. My advice to anyone that decides to do business with Jason, get everything in writing, do not pay him cash, request invoices so you know exactly how much her paid the models, mua and hairstylists etc. and most off all, especially to designers as one designer has found out, becareful about paying Jason any upfront monies, you may never see it again.One last thing that I found very disturbing about representing Jason Christopher, that some of the pictures of clients he says he shot for in his portfolio are fake where Jason had their logo/label/trademark superimposed to the pictures, for example Salvage Jeans which Jason admitted to me that he did as well as to other pics in his portfolio. So my advice to everyone, check Jason's references very carefully, I tried to but he told me alot of the companies are out of business or he nolonger has a good relationship with them anymore. Jason Christopher really hasn't worked in over 1 1/2 years ever since that Model Emma filed a complaint against him where he got naked in front of her during a lingerie shoot she paid for and starting playing with himself. I spoke with Emma, she did not deserve this kind of treatment, so to all models, be careful with Jason, tread lightly so you don't get hurt like Emma did.