Pre-paid model

46 posts
15 May 2013
Pict
Photographer
Pict
Just seen a casting offering a 20 percent discount if the booking is confirmed and paid in advance.
Is this a good idea with the aim of eliminating the time wasters and flakey photographers or would you choose not to pay for a model in advance even if she had great references?

Posted 15 May 2013
jes
Model
jes
No.

Posted 15 May 2013
cziiki
Photographer
cziiki
No

Posted 15 May 2013
stolenfaces
Photographer
stolenfaces
I would (at least in the case of the model you're referring to).
Although I'm not clear what the £10 hat option means.

I can understand that some people would be reluctant to go for it.
I think offering a discount on what is already a fair price is good business
and I applause the enterprise.



Posted 15 May 2013
Edited by stolenfaces 15 May 2013
Pict
Photographer
Pict
Excellent. Leave it to me and I'll take a guess on which of the two views you both dont agree
Posted 15 May 2013
PeterH
Photographer
PeterH
No. I don't pay anyone until I'm confident that never having contact with them again won't cause me any problems. Bitten too many times with forgotten ID, etc, which, although promises of, "I'll send it first thing in the morning" were made, it never turns up. Once they have the money they lose interest in any follow-up needs.

Posted 15 May 2013
tarmoo
Photographer
tarmoo
£20/hr, shoot at models home up to nude. Seems like a good deal to me.

If you booked a studio for 4 hrs, it might cost you £100 in studio fees and if the model no-showed you would be liable for the costs as well as the aggravation of wasted time. There is an element of risk in booking many shoots. You can minimise this by working with experienced people with lots of good feedback and shooting at your home or the model's home.

In this case, the probability of losing your money is quite small. I expect you would also get a good discount if you paid a deposit of £20. I think this model has experienced a lot of time waster photographers, so this is just her way of weeding them out. Maybe other models tend to be booked by more reliable photographers.
Posted 15 May 2013
Edited by tarmoo 15 May 2013
Paul_Jones
Photographer
Paul_Jones
No.  Paying in advance offers no guarantee that the shoot will go ahead without a problem.

How many times have we read forum posts where a photographer has sent money in advance, bought train tickets or plane tickets in advance and then the model has let him down?

Posted 15 May 2013
Socialdisaster
Photographer
Socialdisast..
myshoot
Is this a good idea
Well, probably is for the model.
Posted 15 May 2013
artistoli
Photographer
artistoli
If a model needs cash flow that bad then it would stand to reason that they are in a precarious state, and hence there may be things that 'crop' up to sabotage the planned shoot. It would put me off.

Posted 15 May 2013
Keltica
Photographer
Keltica
Yeah, your fecking checks in the post scenario.................



Posted 15 May 2013
basil
Photographer
basil
Learn from somebody's else mistake. In this case, mine http://robkeynsham.wordpress.com/kayleigh-kassidy/

Posted 15 May 2013
Edited by WebModerator 16 May 2013
landmproductions
Photographer
landmproduct..
Knowing this model she is very reliable, but in general don't think I would

Posted 15 May 2013
ShootonLocation
Photographer
ShootonLocat..
Can you get a top up at The Spar shop?

Posted 15 May 2013
Hugh
Photographer
Hugh
Knowing who it is, of course I would.
Wouldn't worry about it in the slightest.

Maybe half a dozen others I'd consider it for.

Posted 15 May 2013
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