Some months ago, I was contacted by a 19-year-old Ukrainian model named Karina Veisberg (stage name: Karina Manson). We agreed to do some TFP shoots together (these are free shoots where the model trades her (T)ime (F)or (P)rints from the photographer.
On our first shoot, I suggested some ideas. She rejected them all. All she wanted to do was black lingerie. She's a very dark soul, this girl. Here's one of my faves from that sitting. She didn't like most of what I produced. Nonetheless, a month or two later, she came back again and asked to work together some more.
At our second shoot, it was the same - everything I suggested, she said just "wasn't her style" and all we shot was black lingerie.
On the third shoot, in mid-December, it was the same thing - she dictated, I obeyed. TFP shoots are supposed to be a collaborative effort, not FREE USE of some guy's photo studio and talents. We shot a couple hundred frames, and I picked out nine I liked. I spent HOURS photofinishing them and posted them on Friday, December 6th in the morning. I tagged Karina when I posted them in a modeling & photographers group on Facebook AND on my own Facebook page. Not 30 minutes later, she wrote me and said I don't like any of those except this one (click here.) She asked me to UNTAG HER.
I immediately took down both sets of photos from the FB group and from my own FB page. Then I messaged her and said I was sorry I couldn't satisfy her and that this would be the last time we would shoot together. She got pissy with me and it devolved into a little tiff - not AT ALL the biggest argument I've ever had with anyone. I told her we had different tastes and were wasting our time.
She responded by saying in essence there was no need to take down the photos, she said, " DUDE PUT IT UP JUST UNTAG ME ." She told me she "felt disrespected."
I put the photos back up on my page only, untagged her of course, and then blocked her. (I have an itchy trigger finger like that - I block people all the time - my FB newsfeed is full of enough useless crap, I don't need any more from people I've decided I don't like.)
Well, about 30 minutes later, Karina goes all over the internet, including the website of the modeling agency where she is signed, and starts bashing me AND TELLING THE WORLD THAT I'M POSTING PICTURES OF HER IN LINGERIE THAT I DON'T HAVE PERMISSION TO POST. Suddenly the wrath of the entire Galactic Empire comes down on my head and my Facebook is inundated with horrible public messages about what a scumbag I am, how I'm not even a photographer but just a pervert, and all from people who are simply having a hysterical reaction from a young woman who's out for blood over a simple spat with a photographer.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
I spent the next hour trying to compose a reasoned response to the community at large - with accurate documentation to back me up - while at the same time frantically deleting foul-mouthed unfounded attacks against me on my page. In the meantime, Karina foolishly went out amongst the photography and modeling communities, enlisting the help of other women to attack me and who comes riding in to the rescue but Maurissa Jean McNellis!!
McNellis messages me that she's reporting me to Facebook AND THAT SHE INTENDS TO INITIATE A LAWSUIT AGAINST ME to help this poor young model!! All this is based solely on the model's claim that I had no right to post her images and that I wouldn't take them down from my page after she specifically requested that I do so.
The poor child apparently had lost her mind. She knew full well what our conversation had been and she SHOULD HAVE KNOWN full-well that I would have copies of our messages in my FB account!! Gawd only knows what would possess her!!
Fortunately, enough people came to my defense over the next hour or two and fought off the attacks while I put together a lengthy, reasoned, level-headed, polite response with substantiated documentation, which I subsequently published. While I was doing this, Maurissa Jean McNellis was telling the attackers to get in touch with her and she would "relate her own bad experience with George Day" and that she "felt so bad for this young girl who got mixed up with this scumbag and has had to reach out to us to be an advocate for her."
I calmly provided the entire substantiated background on my innocent previous contacts with Maurissa, which led to my friends then attacking her publicly - first, for whining because she felt "threatened" about coming to someone's home studio when he had already explained previously it was private home, and secondly, for attacking someone without checking first to see if the model involved had anything to back up her story. Like I said, it was a lynch mob.
A few people from the lynch mob came back to me later and apologized, but they were a very small minority. And Maurissa never apologized to me directly, but she did say she went public against the model and told her she owed everyone an apology for making false statements and asking for them to be advocates for her.