Model Mayhem’s ‘Verified Credits’ Protect You From Creepy Photographers And Unreliable Models

Nov 12, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Model Mayhem’s ‘Verified Credits’ Protect You From Creepy Photographers And Unreliable Models

Nov 12, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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If you’re into any kind of photography that includes models, chances are you’ve heard of Model Mayhem.

Possibly the leading portfolio site in the industry, MM helps creatives find photographers, models, makeup artist and others to collaborate with. Unfortunately there seems to be quite a few shady characters with cameras out there and more than a fair share of unreliable models that don’t seem to have a concept of time. That is, if they even show up.

Hoping to regain members’ trust and boost its reputation in the industry, MM has launched a new two-way credit system called ‘Verified Credits’.

Unlike the previous ‘Credits’ section, the new credit system requires that both parties approve the work. One cannot claim to have worked with a certain person unless the other side confirms it.

Further helping potential collaborators to get an idea about the person they’re considering, ‘Verified Credits’ will not only let you know who has worked with the person at hand, but also when the collaborations took place and how many times they’ve worked together.

Knowing that another photographer has worked with a certain model several times and was happy with her, for example, could put your mind at ease about having to deal with a no-show.

On the other side of things, models will be able to see verified collaborations from their peers and know that the photographer who contacted them isn’t a newly-retired-turned-“pro” photographer who’s just looking to take photos of young women.

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The new system currently allows credits to be listed only between Model Mayhem members, but there’s still room to list credits with professionals who are not part of MM in the previous credit section (now named ‘Credit Notes’).

Time will tell if this move will succeed in turning MM into more of a community as they hope, but it’s definitely a move in the right direction.

More details about the ‘Verified Credits’ can be found in Model Mayhem’s Education section.

[via The Phoblographer]

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7 responses to “Model Mayhem’s ‘Verified Credits’ Protect You From Creepy Photographers And Unreliable Models”

  1. Michael Lombardi Avatar
    Michael Lombardi

    “Possibly the leading site”

    What are its competitors?

    1. DIYPhotography Avatar
      DIYPhotography

      Sites like purple port. (and I guess Kraigs list to some extent)

    2. Michael Lombardi Avatar
      Michael Lombardi

      To be clear, that wasn’t a knock. MM is the only site like that I’ve ever heard of. (I don’t hire models, so it’s not something I would know.)

    3. Allen Lee Taylor Avatar
      Allen Lee Taylor

      “Protects ….” That’s a pretty big claim that I can imagine could
      Lead to a lawsuit.

    4. Daris Fox Avatar
      Daris Fox

      Purestorm – It was dying but it’s still active, but it put the most emphasis on vetting members.
      Purpleport (personally don’t trust due to it’s history)
      Net-Model (If it’s still working)
      Facebook (yes, it had to be said).

      Used to be more, but most of them are dead or dying off with people in the industry being skinflints and not paying. Plus with social media most people source from there not paying attention to the risks inherent.

  2. Simon Avatar
    Simon

    Yep, nothing but no-shows from the models I’ve contacted. Something definitely needs to be done. Feel like this might penalise newbies though. I can’t get any credits because none of the models I’ve arranged shoots with through MM have shown up!

  3. sceptic Avatar
    sceptic

    The title of your article is very misleading by saying – ‘VERIFIED CREDITS’ PROTECT YOU FROM CREEPY PHOTOGRAPHERS – because it does no such thing. The ONLY thing it does, is confirm that model A has worked with photographer B on XX date. Nothing else.

    MM and the mods DONT check if it’s true, they dont check if the shoot went well, they dont check if the photographer was a creep or not or if the shoot went well.
    Even the feedback comments section is misleading because it only allows positive feedback, it cannot be used to leave complaints, negative feedback or mention if the photographer was a creep.

    By you suggesting that if a model confirms she has worked with a photographer via this system, he’s obviously not a creep and is safe to work with, is very misleading and could put models in danger.

    Many models will not publicly out a creepy photographer or refuse to accept a verification request from a creep they’ve worked with. Either coz they don’t want to be labelled as ‘drama queens’, have him badmouth them or because their embarrassed it happened.

    Those possibilities, mean verified credits shouldn’t be taken at face value or used as a substitute for checking references by contacting non verified models the photographer has worked with and asking questions.