Kris Josef Studios — Bad Photographer - Lures Models
Posting this also under Sexual Abuse - FEMALE MODELS BEWARE!
Kris Josef, a "photographer", from Toronto, contacted me a while back to do a photo shoot. This "professional" insisted it was in my careers benefit to shoot with him, as he could get me published, but only under the condition that I shot erotic nudes with him.
After checking the models who have shot with him, and the other photographers who are connected to him, I felt comfortable enough to go ahead with the deal, not knowing his intentions. I myself have no professional photos, so I figured this to be a prime opportunity to get started in the industry.
Kris was very charming with a keen ability at manipulating my thoughts, TD banker by day, photographer by night - I felt there was nothing I could not trust.
Upon arriving at his studio (what turned out to be his apartment), he had liquor already out on his table. He stressed the importance of me being "loose" and letting go of my inhibitions with a drink or two before the shoot. Once the shoot began, he forced me to do poses I was not comfortable with such as leg/lip spreads, or bending over. I felt absolutely powerless, as if I had no voice. He continued to make sexual advances towards me to the point where I felt degraded and disrespected.
After leaving the shoot, I was upset, but hopeful that I had gotten a few great photos. I waited a few weeks before contacting him for the photos, once contacted, there was no response. I later found out that he manipulates countless numbers of women into taking their clothes off for photos, only to have been made fools out of. Kris privately sells his erotic/nude photos of models without the models consent (each model signs a release stating that neither party may use/sell the photos without the others permission). He uses his status to his advantage in order to get what he wants, and ends up ruining the image models are trying to put out there.
I write this in hopes to inform other models about the scary people in this industry. Kris ruined me inside and out, and I sincerely wish that upon no other woman trying to make it as a professional model. His actions have geared me away from the industry, as I know there are plenty more unprofessional photographers with hidden motives out there as well. Please BEWARE of this photographer!