Now, I know some of my juvenile friends will say, "Escorts?!?! Always!" But this is a question that really needs to be addressed with new models that are working with photographers that they do not know or first time using. In the photography business, it's common practice for models to meet with new photographers and do shoots on location and/or in studio. Should one always bring an escort to these shoots? YES! For your safety, the answer is all-ways yes.
What makes a good escort? A good escort will be someone who can either hover around the periphery of the shoot. They can keep an eye out on the situation and on the area immediately around the shoot. Or an escort can help with reflectors. But an escort should never actively participate in a shoot unless asked for by the photographer or model.
I don't want to sound like a stick in the mud, but sometimes the worst escort can be a boyfriend/significant other, unless they are truly understanding about your art. It's hard to work as a photographer when you know that jealous boyfriend/significant other is breathing down my neck. And once you have worked with a photographer and have a great working relationship with them and have thoroughly checked out credentials, then an escort may no longer be needed.
So what is a good escort?
On the flip side of escorts, I have always wondered when I should ever be afraid and should I bring an escort to protect me? I'm so focused on shooting that I don't know what's really going on around me. And sometimes, if a model DOES bring a boy friend who does get jealous, do I have to watch out for myself?
So, in conclusion, it is always good to have someone come to your shoots. I would be wary if a photographer said escorts are a no-no or not allowed. After time, especially if you have done multiple shoots with someone, an escort will not be necessary. And, please, always let someone know where you are going to be and the contact information and any kind of information you can get from your photographer! Be safe out there people!