When Photo Crews Get Kicked Out of Photo Shoot Locations

Photographers are always searching for new locations at which they can hold photo shoots. Sometimes a photographer will randomly notice a wall, garden or building and think it would make a good background for a model photo shoot. There may be an empty barn in the middle of nowhere that provides a subtle touch to a photo theme.

However, it is not always possible to ask the owner for permission to shoot a photograph on his property. Sometimes a property owner cannot be found or it would require several hours to locate the owner - much more time than it would take to hold the shoot.

If you are able to get in contact with a property owner, often times they will wrongly assume a photo shoot will be elaborate and involve a lot of people. Ironically the shoot can be accomplished in 10 minutes or less with a barebones crew of one photographer and one model.

This is why photographers often simply show up to an aesthetic location to hold a photo shoot without contacting the owner. In a few rare cases, the photo crew can be confronted while shooting and be instructed to leave.

However, if your shoot is interrupted, don't stop posing until the photographer says you are done. Let the photo crew deal with the person who wants everyone to leave. You want to not stop posing because the photographer can capture all the photos needed in the few minutes left of shooting time.

A photographer wanted to hold a photo shoot at an unstaffed laundromat near the Ohio State campus. The photographer attempted to locate the owner to ask for permission to use the laundromat as a shooting location, but could not. So, they simply arrived at the laundromat at 5AM and completed the shoot before any customers arrived. This shows it is not always possible to ask for permission beforehand.

If a security guard is around, he will always confront a photo crew because a photo shoot is an unusually thing to occur.

He comes to work and sees the same nothing going on each day. Then feels he must "do something" on that one day he sees a photographer shooting a model nearby. It breaks his boredom, so he goes over to talk to the crew.

Security guards appeared and kicked out a male model and crew soon shortly after the photo session began in a water fountain at an office building.

When a photo shoot was held on St. Petersburg Beach, conservative-minded retirees telephoned the local police because a female model wore only a man's dress shirt and no pants. The police arrived and questioned the photo crew for an hour.

However, the Police kept returning to the photo crew's condo repeatedly during the next few days until the models left St. Pete.

"The police were just stopping by the condo because they were bored and wanted to hang out with the girls," our photographer says.

However, their frequent visits required the crew's time and interfered with production schedule.

One time an entire volleyball team kicked out our photo crew. The photo crew was forced to stop shooting because a volleyball team arrived for their practice session during our the shoot. The shoot took place early one Sunday morning at a high school's volleyball court.