I was perusing Reddit today when I stumbled across some scalding hot tea.
Redditor peaches1687 asked photographers to share the most outrageous photoshoot request they've received from an Instagram influencer. The stories did not disappoint:
1. "Some influencer was promoting betanin (the red dye in beets) as a healthy diet. She wanted me to take pictures of her color-changed poop to show that this is actually normal in those who can't process betanin."
2. "An influencer asked me to shoot and before I even had the chance to give her my prices, she decided to give me hers — over $300 for ME to shoot with HER for 30 minutes. One of her main selling points was that she could 'teach me how to leverage and grow my social media.' The girl was 15..."
3. "An 'influencer' guy asked me to do a nude photoshoot for him for free. I declined but wished him luck. He then sent a dick pic. I reported him."
4. "One of my acquaintances is a semi-popular influencer. She spends way too much time trying to seem authentic and down-to-earth. One time at a small party, I did something funny that made a bunch of people laugh. Whatever it was wasn't caught on camera and she forced me to re-create the moment so that she could film it for her Instagram story."
5. "I had a request years ago to shoot a spiritual group self-masturbation orgy event."
6. "I was in NY once and this girl approached me and told me to take her photo. I lowered the camera to gain an architectural perspective. But when I looked at her she was standing in the middle of the road, one arm on a car (that she must have stopped since the traffic was ongoing) and the other on another car. She was holding a banner that said 'Life.'"
7. "My boyfriend's mom who's a photographer was sent two photos and asked to edit one of them. The first photo was a young man and his grandmother in front of some memorial. The second photo was the young man by himself (a few years later) in the same place. The family asked her to photoshop photo #2 to have a ghostly looking version of the grandmother next to the young man because she had since passed away."
8. "I had someone ask me to do more than a week of videography for them and create a promo video for $200. Not $200 a day, $200 for the whole week."
9. "I got asked if I had any duct tape because she wanted her boobs to push up into her dress. She then proceeded to strip completely down to just high heels and wanted me to go in the other room so she could take selfies with my remote control."
10. "A few years back I was in hiking in a beautiful national park and at the prettiest part of the hike, two Instagram girls took over the best view to take various yoga poses. For at least 10 minutes, families were coming up asking if they could take a picture, but they literally said 'we were here first' and 'we’ll be here awhile' when asked if they were almost done."
11. "A bald guy asked me to photoshop veins into his head to make it look like a giant penis. He was some kind of businessman who was selling an audiobook."
12. "The last girl I worked with (who isn’t from the same city I usually work in) asked me to BUY HER ROSES for the shoot. Hello, do you know how expensive roses are?! Also she implied we would be doing more than one outfit (nope, too much work) and that we should go to multiple locations and that I should be the one to drive her."
13. "One girl came to my house to shoot with my plants and we wrapped her up in vines, wrapped her guitar, stacked up plants behind her, and generally made it look like she was being enveloped by plants."
14. "I was asked to do a boudoir shoot featuring blood, bondage, and vampires (people biting each other) by a very well-established children's show staff producer back in Toronto."
15. "I had a client ask me to photoshop his head onto another guy’s body because he liked the shirt the other guy was wearing more than his own. I actually did it because it was hilarious and he paid me for it."
16. "This influencer had a rapidly growing following at the time and they messaged me on Instagram and wanted me to shoot their new car video. But then they wanted me to pay for gas during the shoot, get permits, a 'better camera,' and on top of all of this, do everything for free."
17. "Had someone ask for me to do a videography shoot of their new house being built. They said $200, but they wanted me to go each weekend for two years and shoot it to build up a time lapse and stuff. I definitively said no."
Some submissions have been edited for grammar and clarity.