The text above is from Ten Sure Fire Ways To Fail As A Model which I found on the Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited FB page. The article is so spot-on true that I just had to share it here.
Models who are late to photo sessions are not simply late – they impact the entire mood and tone of the session. When someone is waiting on someone else who is late, they usually get a little grumpy and start wondering why the person doesn’t respect their time. I have seen it over and over as a professional photographer. I’m a wizard at scheduling my time and keeping everything on schedule and on time. When a model disregards my time by being late, it creates a frustrating mood in the studio that is tough to overcome. Photo sessions are collaborations between model/client and photographer. When one person is late, that collaboration falls apart.
I’ve heard every excuse in the book for being late – the most common is “traffic” or “my GPS gave me the wrong directions”. Neither of these are actual excuses. You might as well be honest and say, “I was irresponsible and did not allow enough time to get to my destination nor did I plan my route in advance.” Personally I don’t use GPS and I also don’t get lost so I know it’s possible. And “traffic” as an excuse? Please. If you live in a city, there is traffic. Every day. It’s completely predictable.
So why am I so fired up on this today? Well yesterday I had a model who was late. We had planned out the photo session a month ago. Confirmed time and location a day before the session. I arrived 15 minutes early, got the studio in order, and when five minutes passed after our agreed upon start, I texted him to see if he was close. His response? He was going to be half-hour late!
My response? I canceled the session, left the studio, and refunded his deposit. Anyone who is half hour late with no advance notice (remember, I had to contact the model to find out he was going to be late) is not someone I want to work with. I am very fortunate to be in a position at the moment where I can select who I want to work with. My ideal clients are positive, on time, and professional. They treat photo sessions like job interviews – meaning they show up alone (no BF or GF in tow), they show up on time, and they show up ready to work. This particular model has forever tainted himself in my mind as someone I do not want to work with. It’s sad because I can create exactly they type of photos his agency needs at a very reasonable price – and instead he’s probably going to burn thru half-a-dozen other photographers getting images that aren’t quite what his agency wants. Oh well, not my problem.
Lesson is – be on time!
© 2014 Pete Springer
Headshots, Portland, Oregon