If you do photoshoots in public areas, it’s gonna happen. The dorks who whistle at the model or ask a trillion questions and don’t understand that you aren’t there to be bothered….and they may have never seen an attractive female before without an air valve on their backs, LOL!! Here’s the thing…..they don’t see a photoshoot being done every day, they don’t understand our business, photoshoot etiquette, and probably have a lot of misconceptions. There are good and bad ways to deal with that…..here are your options.
Find a more secluded location, just deal with it if you need a populated location, or if the shoot is commercial and the budget warrants it, buy a permit and have a closed set. Any model worth their salt will know how to stay working despite a normal distraction, as should the photographer….in the event a secluded location isn’t an option, or there is no budget for a permit, you have to choose your battles wisely, and it never hurts to have a large assistant or two to help with gear and guard belongings.
Should there be gawkers, the worst thing you can do is be rude to them or try to make them leave, as it’s public, and why incite them? Be polite but brief, and go back to your business. If they ask what the shoot is for, or for a website or magazine, I just politely tell them it’s nothing special, and we are only doing the shoot for fun and portfolio use. That way it’s played down and less interesting to them, and they are less likely to harass you or the model that way. It’s called discretion. Do what draws the least attention to yourself, you’re always better off. Large assistants and reflectors to block the subject area somewhat also help. In public, you are still a representative of your business, and the business of modeling and photography….put a positive taste in someone’s mouth and avoid needless drama.