There has been a lot of talk about inappropriate conduct in the creative industry lately. I want to take a moment of your time to address some of these issues.
I take full responsibility for my lack of tact and past behavior. I have no excuses. My social skills and communication with the people I work with has been inadequate. My insensitivity towards others has been a reoccurring issue in my life, way before photography.
I’ve lost my sponsorships, some of my friends and many people who have looked up to me as a role model. I’m embarrassed and ashamed for letting you down.
This has been an awakening for me. I can continue to be the same person or make changes and become someone much better. The only answer is the latter. Moving forward I will treat everyone with respect, on and off set. I will understand that even if something I say is intended as a joke, it may not be perceived as one. I will be more transparent and provide more clarity with my work and model releases. I’m going to understand that their life situation may change in the future, and they may not want the photos posted anymore — model release or not.
Thank you to everyone who has helped shed light on the issues in our industry. Up until this moment I was too ignorant to accept the role I played. Our community needs to be a safe place for creatives to collaborate comfortably. Models shouldn’t have to hide behind anonymous messages and rely on others to have their voices heard. We all have a responsibility to uphold. I’m taking the first steps towards greater change and I hope I can inspire others to do the same.
Lastly, I want to apologize to my wife, Cait, for inadvertently putting her through trying times. My deep respect and admiration for her continues to have no limits. Her endless love and support is an inspiration to me and something I want to share with all of you.