"It is just you", she asked at first, maybe trying to sound like asking if I work alone but actually meaning "serious, where is the photographer?". Then she asked pointing at my bag if that was all my equipment. I replied "Yes".
I thought she was about to change her mind and cancel everything at that moment. A elegant, well educated and attractive woman who have never model, specially for sensual photos, it seems not to be exactly what she was expecting. It took a few seconds of silence and staring before she invite me to the apartment.
Once inside, she asked me to wait in the living room while she prepares herself, which took almost 10 min. During this time I did some lighting reading and looking around for the photos framing and composition, assuming that would be the place where she wanted to be photographed.
Afterwards, still waiting, I had the impression that it was a family house, she had children things at a table on the corner. Then I begin to think that she may have a husband who probably doesn't know about this photo section, and maybe this is the reason about her worries and rush. May be present for him.
At the end she asked to have the film negatives used to photograph her, telling me she preferred to take care of it herself.
I explained her that as photographer the films are my property. She owns her image but I own the material. Also, my work quality and style is also on the manner I develop and print the images. But she insisted she would rather have it to her own only.
I explained her that "If you want see these images, unless you can develop and print it on your own, you will need to give it to somebody to do it for you. Somebody who you probably don't know and who will see the images. But if leave with me, I can grantee that nobody else other than me and you will ever see these photos.
I don't like make people worried or to be the reason of others stress. If you really want it I give the negatives to you right now. Is that what you want?"
She seemed to trust me that moment on and let me take the negatives with me to finish the work.
Once at home, I checked my emails and there was a message from her, telling me that she wasn't sure about it at first but afterwards she enjoyed a lot and was very happy with me and my work.
It makes me really glad when people I photograph tells me they enjoyed and are happy with the photo session.
PS: I always keep my promises and contract when people I photograph ask for privacy of their image. Specially in Germany where women, much more than anywhere else, are very worried about being photographed. The photograph illustrating this post is not from the shoot described in the text but from an other woman I photographed on an other shoot and an other day, cropped and used here just to illustrate the text.