sspellman wrote in post #13327350
Many photographers have had issues with model escorts due to the model being distracted, model not giving good expressions, model trying to please or accommodate escort, the escort interfering or trying to direct the shoot, or the escort stealing or being threatening or even violent. Thus is most likely to happen when the escort is a boyfriend or lover.
That pretty much sums it up.
Professional models (i.e. agency) don't bring along chaperones, this is something that has come along with internet modelling sites. Some models (essentially amateurs) feel that they are not safe without a bodyguard to protect them. I am perfectly happy with young models (i.e. minors) having a parent / guardian with them, that should be the accepted norm. However, I am less happy about older models bringing friends / boyfriends etc with them. It causes problems with the models attention being split two ways, you are trying to get a look from them, you are almost there and ... the chaperone makes a comment and the model turns to them and the pose and expression are lost. Some models say, "that's ok, he can sit in another room". Well, no he can't. I don't want some stranger nosing about my house or studio, potentially picking up some little souvenirs that I won't notice are missing until days or weeks later when I need them.
Similarly, a model may feel safer with a big hulking quarterback boyfriend along, but a photographer, maybe in his 50s or 60s and of smaller stature, carrying several grands worth of gear may suddenly feel very unsafe, and there have been cases of muggings in such circumstances, where a model is only arranging shoots so the boyfriend can bash the guy and nick all his gear.
Two people coming doubles the chance of a 'no show' too. I have seen many cases where a model cancelled at the last moment, because the chaperone had something crop up and couldn't make it.
As with anything, there can be good and bad chaperones. Some can be great and muck in holding reflectors etc., and not distracting the model. Others can be a royal PITA and cause enough disruption that neither the model or photographer gets into the right frame of mind that produces great results.
If you know that it could go either way, why take the chance. Some models won't work without one, assuming that a photographer who won't allow them "must be dodgy and have something to hide", some photographers refuse them for perfectly valid reasons as Scott lists above. A photographers fear of being mugged, assaulted, stolen from etc. is just as valid as a models fear of being abused by a photographer.
If a model insists on a chaperone and the photographer won't allow it, the answer is simple. The photographer simply finds another model, there are plenty out there and the majority don't expect to bring a chaperone.
There are no right or wrong answers here, both are entitled to ask for conditions they feel safe working under, if that clashes then the model simply misses out on the job, but that is their decision.