Photographer and Model Stereotypes Which Are You?

Photographer and Model Stereotypes Which Are You?

If you have worked in this industry for at least a couple of years you will have more than likely come across a whole plethora of interesting and curious characters whilst on shoots or at networking events.

Eventually, you will come across similar people in all sorts of different countries, and you will start to understand each personality type. Well, artist Pixelcrush has taken all these stereotypes and turned them into glorious works of art for us all to see. I asked Mike at Pixelcrush for some information on why he decided to create this series. Here was his reply.

As a graphic artist/photographer with an off-beat sense of humor, I set out to illustrate the types of models I've seen so many times on photo shoots. The "characters" don’t represent any specific model I've met; each is more of an amalgamation of numerous models that I've worked with that seem to fit specific patterns. Of course, it goes without saying, that this is "not all models", nor is it supposed to be a negative jab at anyone. I just wanted to make a fun depiction of some common behaviors and model types I've seen over the last 10 years, shooting well over a hundred or so models. And, seeing that this series has been shared thousands of times over the last day or so, it seems many others in the industry share my observations as well.

For the "Typical Male Photographers" series, well, I just HAD to make the counterpart to the Model series. Again, for pretty much the same reasons, you meet so many other photographers within the industry, whether it be in person or online, and many of the same patterns keep popping up. Of course, there are a million types of photographers out there, but these ones here are always a little fun to poke fun at. People have asked why I focused on male photographers, I simply haven't met enough female photographers! 

As for the one "character", "The Creeper" — to be honest, I was almost not even going to post it, even though it was the first one I drew. We all know that "creepers" in the industry is a serious issue and not exactly something that is funny. They don’t exactly fit a stereotype and could look and act like literally anyone at any professional level. But, instead of diving into a deep societal commentary and getting too dark with this series, I decided to leave it in here as a type of loony-tune caricature — a personification of someone (and behavior) that definitely needs to be ridiculed.

I myself love the series and have come across many of these personality types in the eight years I have worked in this industry. As Mike stated, it is all a little fun and I hope not taken too seriously. in these dark days, I think we need humor like this because if we can not laugh at ourselves then the world would be a miserable place to be.

Images used with the permission of Pixelcrush.

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12 Comments

Patrick Rosenbalm's picture

That was damn funny!! Made my day!! Some of that applies to musicians too. ;-)

John Pyle's picture

You left out the “mirrorless creative”. Only shoots models wearing oversized glasses staring into neon signs at laundry mats at night.

Yavor Kapitanov's picture

What mirrorless has to do with this?? They also forgot to add the dumb type of photographer, which apparently is you.

David Justice's picture

I worked with a model recently who said "after my modeling career I'm going to get into photo editing. I love playing with apps and think I can edit pretty well". Never used photoshop, lightroom, captureone. She wanted advice and I had to explain to her it's not as easy as a "perfection" slider. So seeing the "Retoucher" illustration was apt.

As for me, I probably fall under the "elitest" category.. I'm not elitest, I don't care what you use. But I do care about what I use.

Carlos Mejia's picture

My favorite part was where this guy has apparently never met a female photographer or male model.

Doesn't the Creeper have an uncanny resemblance to Matt Granger, the youtuber? Not saying he is a creeper, but he looks just like the guy in the picture... just google his name and put images.

Alex Herbert's picture

Haha, I have to say though (not that I'd actually know) Matt seems like one of the least "Creeper" type photographers out there.

True, i dont have anything bad to say about him, is just the looks :)

I shot for a busy Ecom studio for 7 years and those model types were all exactly right. I had one girl set up her phone a few feet off set and was live streaming the shoot...on a job...without anyone knowing it! That got shut down hard once we found out and pretty much led to hard rule of no phones on set. Drama with boyfriends-husbands was occasionally scary. One husband showed up...they started yelling at each other in the doorway to the studio...I said...should I call the police? He pulled out his badge! I live in LA...a friend works at an Adult production company. I was invited to check it out...and it looked EXACTLY like the Teamup one.

Wallace Ferguson's picture

I love this so much! T-Shirts please!

Wallace Ferguson's picture

I love this so much! T-Shirts please!

What about typical female photographers? Typical male models?