Monday, September 28, 2009


I've been trying to make this recent model cancellation sound interesting. Unfortunately most of what I think is particularly ironic about it requires a lot of explanation and the payoff just isn't worth it.

I think the take home message is that if she'd just ASKED I'd have let her out of the shoot or rescheduled despite her lame excuse. No harm done. But instead she just preemptively DEMANDED and I'll never work with her again. So in terms of this specific model, we'll leave it at that.

But the other thing about this that's interesting, to me anyway, is that I've noticed a lot of traveling models becoming a lot more short sighted. They're chasing a quick buck instead of building relationships. I wonder if that's a recession thing - more of them are doing it for money instead of love for art, but they're also hoping not to be doing it next year so they're really all about maximizing the short term. I wonder if the whole traveling model thing's going to implode - too many women who are more expensive than the locals (because they have overhead) and who aren't supplying the reliability that some of us were willing to pay for. Because if I'm going to be working with kelpy models anyway I'd just as soon work with random pretty coffee shop girls in exchange for a couple of prints.

We're not there yet - I've had a bunch of great shoots recently including three that I've shot but aren't on the site yet - but after this sequence of shoots over the next month I was pretty much going to shoot things other than models anyway for the rest of the year. But when I start booking again I need to seriously sit down and look at the models I've worked with and who flaked in the last year and figure out if the professional models are really *that* much better than random coffee shop or craigslist girls, both in terms of print sales and just plain showing up.


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