I recently booked a model through Purestorm making clear I was renting a studio especially for the shoot, as well as paying her full fee. She cancelled with one hours notice of "personal reasons", leaving me to pay for a four hour studio hire. I have asked her to do a tf shoot as recompense, with me again paying for the studio, which she seems reluctant to do. Am I being unreasonable? I really would appreciate feedback from togs & models. Thanks
I have asked her to do a tf shoot as recompense,
Also as Hugh said I would attempt to take her to the small claims court so you can get your money back. If more photographers actually went through with this practice after being financially let down I imagine there would be less "time waster/wannabe" models kicking around saying they are professional when they are anything but.
Either way good luck!
You think there's someone at Purestorm stupid enough to sign for it ? If the actual person doesn't sign for it there's no proof that the summons has been served on the respondent. People are easy to trace if you're prepared to pay, but it's pretty stupid to throw more money away. So are you saying that you have actually taken someone who let you down to court ? Or are you just talking the talk like the rest of the 'take them to court' brigade ?HughIt's not usually that difficult to trace someone nowdays. I don't consider a shoot confirmed without a mobile number at least. Maybe send the court summons recorded delivery c/o Purestorm if you really couldn't find the address.
But realistically how does he do that? He probably won't have her address and, if she is smart she won't be using her real name on here, so he won't have that either.
It is is frequently suggested to photographers (and models) who have lost money because the other party has cancelled at the last minute, that they should be taken to court - but I have never heard of anyone successfully doing so in a case like this.
I had a 'No Show' last year. A model I had worked with before - sent me a text an hour after we should have started (and after 3 or 4 phone calls from me saying where are you) to say she was at the hospital with a family member who'd been rushed in the previous night. I'd spent money on a location which she said she'd repay but of course never did. Did I believe her - No, but there was nothing I could do. As I'd worked with her before I knew her real name, but not her address. I left a negative reference for her (as we are also always told we should - but which often causes more hassle than it's worth) but shortly afterwards she stopped logging in to the site. People who do this sort of thing really don't care and they know that there is nothing you can do.
I've never had a model let me down. Maybe I'm good at picking who I want to work with. I've been up against a multimillionaire in the high court, and he lost. Spent three years stopping his overhead powerline going through the valley I lived in. Might have lost my house if he'd won. Does that count?stolenfacesYou think there's someone at Purestorm stupid enough to sign for it ? If the actual person doesn't sign for it there's no proof that the summons has been served on the respondent. People are easy to trace if you're prepared to pay, but it's pretty stupid to throw more money away. So are you saying that you have actually taken someone who let you down to court ? Or are you just talking the talk like the rest of the 'take them to court' brigade ?
I have heard of 1 case where a photographer took a model to court - and he got back his expenses.
If photographers stick to working with models who have reputations to loose then they might stand a better chance of being compensated in some way if they are let down at the last minute.