So recently a model and I agreed to a shoot. Nothing major, my needs were more along the lines of needing the model for a correct light & proportions study. The day of the shoot I contacted the model after four as agreed upon to discuss further the shoot for that evening, no answer. 5pm, 6pm, 7 pm nothing. Finally at 730 or so I see she’s on FB Messenger. I got to her page and read she’d gotten off work early and did some painting watched some tv, played a video game then smoked a bowl.
Great. So I messenger her and remind her of our shoot and ask what happened? She tells me her phone does not work without wifi and she helped a friend do some work in their kitchen… whatever. I do tell her that contacting me earlier would have been a good thing and oh yeah I have no one to shoot now.
She calls me a Jerk who has a bad attitude. And my lashing out at her confirms that I am not a nice guy.
Ok so I’m a jerk? Yes, I am. If I go through the trouble of prepping my camera and light kit and pack it all up in my car and someone pulls a no call no show yes, my attitude is going to bad. But informing someone that they have a lame ass excuse that you already are sure is bullshit, telling them they dropped the ball is not lashing out.
People if you agree to do a shoot follow through. If you can’t do your utmost to contact the other party. It’s what separates the serious from the hobbyist amongst photographers and a model from someone who just wants pretty pictures of themselves.
If you simply forget you had a shoot just say that. The truth is better than bullshit.