Professional photographers with visible tattoos?

1 year 1 month ago #581096 by MYoung
Turns out my sisters is getting some traction with her photography and has decided that she wants to start building experience with shooting engagements and weddings and newborns.  The only thing we have concerns about is that she has a number of visible tattoo's.  

I was telling her, she should be fine, photography is an artistic profession.  She isn't so sure. 

Do you have any visible tattoos?


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1 year 1 month ago #581110 by effron
Not me. Some people will have issues, some won't....It also depends on what they say if anything.

Why so serious?
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1 year 1 month ago #581154 by garyrhook
I do. One so far, more on the way. But I'm old enough to not care.

A lot also depends upon where you live. I think acceptance/attitude is somewhat regional still. Where I live it seems like tattoos are a requirement for working in certain establishments.

And +1 on Effron's comment above.


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1 year 1 month ago #581165 by Moe
I have three and no one has ever cared about them.


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1 year 1 month ago #581313 by CanonKid
Mine are concealed with a long sleeve shirt so no issues here.  Personally I have met with clients when I was wearing a short sleeve polo shirt and nothing was said.  Most will just look at my tattoo and continue discussions.  Some might even ask about it, more from a conversational standpoint.  

Again never any issues.  

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1 year 1 month ago #581322 by Garbo
Mine are hidden as well. Except when I’m wearing shorts LOL

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1 year 1 month ago #581339 by Steve Zahra
Don't have any, so no issue for me.  On topic, people with tattoo's don't bother me.  It's pretty much normal these days


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1 year 1 month ago #581450 by Amy Porter
I have one and it's not visible.  Actually its faded, so you don't even notice it much anyway.  However on the topic of tattoos and professionalism, I think they are much more acceptable today than 15 years ago.    


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1 year 1 month ago #581517 by Robert Chen
Got one on my chest, so obviously you don't see it.

I've hired people with visible tattoo's.  No big deal.  

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1 year 1 month ago #581638 by Ted Baker
+1 for me.  Chest and back for me.  


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1 year 1 month ago #581850 by Stic
Both arms, above the elbow, and both forearms, underneath...

Nobody's ever said anything....


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1 year 1 month ago #582163 by Olivia
I've been thinking about getting one for a long time.  Haven't pulled the trigger on it yet.  My sister who is a newborn and maternity photographer has both arms and one on both of her legs.  She is very 'artsy' type.  She does very well with her business.  I don't think her clients care that she has tattoos.  

Let's see your tattoos.  


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1 year 1 month ago #583044 by AriesCrown
I have over 10 (lost count) and 3 are visible - ankle, inner lower right arm, and shoulder. And I dress appropriately when I work for clients.

If I wear a short sleeve shirt, then my inner arm tattoo shows. It has never been a problem and I would never try to hide it. 

It would be very strange if you're dressed appropriately and a client tells you to hide your tattoo, imo... :lol:


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1 year 1 month ago #583827 by George Winters
I know plenty of photographers who have art on them.  No big deal these days.  


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