That’s a tough question to answer – how do you know anyone is legit? But we’ll do our best.
We have a lot of info on this, our femalephotofun.com site, and we encourage you to read it and form a list of questions for us. During the obligation-free application process, we make an appointment to call you, and answer all the questions you have. 😌
Our customer-facing site (and parent company), abbywinters.com, has been around for 18 years now. It’s not pretty, but you can hop into the Internet Wayback Machine and see how we looked in the year 2000, or really, any time from then to now (a reminder that our approach is to let models choose how revealing they are in shoots we make of them; some models might be doing more “explicit” stuff on the main site than you want to do, but that’s cool – we’ll go with your decision ?).
Speaking of which, our website address is also our actual legal company name, abbywinters.com BV. We’re based in the Netherlands. You can see our registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (you’d need to pay a small fee to get more extensive info, but the basic info is there for free).
You can see our Wikipedia entry, which is mostly factual.
As we operate in the European Union, we’re required to have a VAT (tax) number. Our VAT number is NL821153985B01, and you can look it up in various places online – the European Commission’s site is the most legit. Select the Member State of “The Netherlands”, enter just the numbers of our VAT number (so, 821153985B01), and click “Verify”.
You can call our office on +31 6 1125 1302 during Dutch business hours (CET, Central European Time). A real person who works with the company will answer.
You can email our Owner, Garion Hall directly on email@example.com. You can do a Google search on him, and also see him posting regularly on Quora.com. You can learn a bit more about our illustrious owner on his AW Bio page as well. You can email him to arrange a Skype call. You can also do a Google search on “Garion Hall” to see articles written about him, conferences he has presented at, and newspaper articles (not always flattering!).
You can read about the experience other models have had with us, published on places other than our own site, and read testimonials from some other models.
You can browse the info we provide to models who already work with us. We work hard to be open and honest in all our communications with models.
During the application process, you can ask to talk to some other models who have worked with us and have them describe their experience. You’ll find they match exactly what we say here on this site.
Maybe this is not for you, but some models have asked us to call or video-Skype with their parents to alleviate their fears before their daughter travels to work with us, and we’re happy to do that for you (or with anyone, really).
If you have any ideas on how we could better “prove” we’re legit, we’d welcome your feedback.