Rant alert! I booked two models for this weekend, one yesterday and one for today. The one yesterday texted 15 mins before the shoot to cancel because of a headache. The other today hasn't even had the descency to phone or text me or reply to my messages. Does my time not mean anything to you? Is the only person that matters the model? I could have arranged shoots with other models had I known in time that they were not going to show. If the shoe was on the other foot, and I had to cancel a shoot, I would give you plenty of notice so you could arrange something else. Rant over...
I rarely have in the past left bad feedback but i will do now. Been too soft in the past but it does not help me or fellow photographers. Leave the feedback.
Like you say, you could have done something else. Ive done it where i have bought props, outfits, studio, mua and food to be sat there apologising to studio and mua (and my family for wasting a day)
Feel your pain!
I had a message last night from the model for todays shoot that they were looking forward to it and would ring me this morning to let me know what time they would be here. No phone call this morning, nor a text or email.
As a general note and I realise a text the night before would sound encouraging, I'd always advise contact 48 hours before, you can gauge a lot by the response or not, for example if its not read after 24 hours by someone who knows they have a shoot book via Purestorm and there email in box will clearly show mail from Purestorm! or read same day but no reply with 24 hours to go, you can then make decisions about aborting the planned session,
I'd keep it confined to emails here where possible but build in as well a Friday night/Saturday night factor touching base 9am the day of the shoot with a 2 hour window for response before cancelling the shoot! I'm not sure where the shoot was but I'd never set off without same day contact with the model, regardless how enthusiastic they were the night before!
I had thought of leaving a feedback, but dont want it to look like I am reatliating, but then again, i dont want others to have to have wasted days.
This is the trouble!! I am sick of hearing photographers say this!
I make a living from modelling. Photographers book unprofessional flakey girls who let them down, they don't leave negative feedback so these girls get more bookings and the professional models miss out!
Were you paying them......? Sure leave feedback, you should but it sounds like the same old story? Great comms and paying a fee usually avoids problems.....I usually end up with as many e mails as neccessary to get to know the model and detail the shoot. May be I am lucky but in 28 years I have never had a no show. Work with reputable quality models and I am sure you will find the same?
I wouldn't name and shame anyone, I don't think that would be a fair way to go. They have both now given plausable reasons. There were a lot of emails and phone calls right up to the day before both shoots, I guess like everone else life can throw a curve ball which can alter plans without warning. Its just a shame it happened on both days and I had a wasted weekend. I was most annoyed that there are models waiting that I could have slotted in if I had known in time. But these things are sent to try us at times.