A Canadian woman is warning other models of the dangers of risky shoots, after she was left with both 1st and 2nd degree burns across her body during a shoot that involved fire. The incident occurred after she responded to an online advert appealing for freelance models in the area. This article contains photos of burn injuries.
Robyn-Lee Jansen, a 22-year-old student and part time model from Vancouver, Canada, was hospitalized with her injuries following the shoot. The shoot was scheduled for June 13th.
She has recalled how the photographer, whom she’s chosen not to name, wanted to shoot with fire positioned behind her. Speaking exclusively to Fstoppers, Jansen says that after initial shots were taken with the fire contained inside a whisk, the photographer started squirting liquid paraffin, something he didn't communicate would be occurring. Before she knew it, or could protest her involvement in it, she was up in flames. She says he felt trustworthy due to being vouched for by a number of other models, and that the photographer also assured her the practice of what they'd be doing was totally safe.
The shoot went fine until we got to the fire bit. The photographer seemed rushed and his family had called multiple times as we were running a little late. He proceeded to work with fire behind me, and then yelled, ‘stand still, this part gets tricky!’
Before I could even ask what he wanted to try, or any sort of explanation, he squirted a bottle of liquid paraffin oil while standing closer to me. The next thing I knew, I was up in flames.
Jansen was initially able to extinguish the flames that were consuming her using the “stop, drop, and roll” method, she then had to be rushed to the ER, where it was reported she suffered 2nd degree burns over 25% of her legs, and 1st degree burns over other areas of her body. Her treatment took several days due to the burns blistering, and she also required wound debridement — the removal of dead tissue. In the time since, Jansen has said the pain is so severe, she has had trouble walking on her own.
She is now considering her legal options in regards to filing a lawsuit against the photographer, meeting with lawyers this week.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist her medical expenses. It currently stands at around $8000.
“If the photographer can’t guarantee or provide [your safety], then just don’t do [the shoot]. It’s not worth your time and safety,” she added.
Images: Robyn-Lee Jansen, and used with permission.