A couple of weeks ago I got to work with one of my all time favourite people Nicole Hinson. Good times are always had whenever I work with this lovely lady. This time was no exception. We had planned for a late evening sunset shoot in some local fields close to where I live.
The shoot itself was one of the more memorable ones I've ever had, for one specific reason, we got a visit from the local police during our photoshoot. The fuzz turned up and shit got real.
Thankfully it's not as bad as it first sounds.
Now let me paint the scene for you, myself, Nicole and her fiancé Josh, arrived at the local farmers field which has public walking access through it around 7pm. This field is right next to a quiet country road, that every now and then cars do use. In the time that we were there I saw about 10 cars and about 6 motorbikes travel down it. No one else walking through the fields at all. We covered a couple of looks from simple portrait stuff to clothed/ lingerie. But this was still enough for someone to call the local authorities and report us for suspicious activity.
We were happily minding our own business when, we saw the blue flashing lights come over the crest of the road and my gut instinct was that the police had come for us. The only reason I thought it would be for, was somebody didn't want us on their land, and we would be asked to leave. I have been asked a couple of times by security guards or police to move from certain locations in the past, and I've always done as I'm asked. No point in arguing with authorities.
Once the police officers stopped and got out of their car, we made our way over to them and greeted them. Very polity they asked us what we were doing. I dutifully told them we were doing a photoshoot. Then the female officer in attendance spoke up and asked Nicole if she was there on her own free will and if she was safe. My mind started to race and was thinking about what could we have done to make someone think that Nicole was in any sort of danger.
The officers then explained that they just had a report of two men and lady in a field and that it was their responsibility to investigate and make sure everything and everyone involved was ok and safe. At that point I relaxed a little bit. Until another police car arrived and another two officers stepped out.
Was doing a modelling photoshoot in this location really frowned upon?
They took all of our details and went to check them out. Yet again we had to explain what we were doing and how long we planned to be there for. Thankfully none of us had any outstanding warrants etc so they all came back good. The officers said that we hadn't done anything wrong and that we were perfectly allowed to carry on. We kindly thanked them and told them we totally understood why they stopped us and that we didn't mind. After all, they were doing their jobs. Although it did hinder us a little bit, the fact that someone took the time to call the police and report something they looked out of the ordinary is kind of a good thing. We could have been up to no good and Nicole could have been in trouble for all they knew, so it hurt no one for the police to come and check it out. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.