Stories From Set: This Shouldn’t Happen to Any Photo Assistant

Stories From Set are the stories of photographer Alyssa Meadows and others about the pains of being a woman on the modern photography set. This series is 100% endorsed by the Phoblographer in an effort to convey a critical message.

If they’re not careful, female photo assistants can find themselves in dangerous situations working on location. Central to this story is working with someone who suffers from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) that affects emotional responses and impulse control. The experience with this photographer was both highly inappropriate and totally explained by his injury. So, this one needs both sensitivity and honesty. Without his TBI, these behaviors would be egregiously unacceptable. While my particular situation was safe, explainable, and understandable, this is not an isolated incident. This speaks to the concerns women have when working on location, and the risks involved when working with someone new.

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