Over the weekend I participated in a photo shoot with photographer Marshall Latimore, owner of Mpact Media, and Contrecia Tharpe, owner of Makeup by Trecie. We had an outstanding shoot at Fort Negley Park in Nashville with probably some of the best weather we have seen over the last few weekends, to shoot on location.
Initially, I was NOT supposed to shoot, however had I not been prepared as a backup model this would have been a wasted day for each of us. I was approached by Marshall to collaborate with him and Contrecia, to offer wardrobe styling for a FREE photo shoot that he wanted to offer to interested models. It was my impression that we would have two maybe three models who wanted to take advantage of his “mini” mega-shoot. My sole responsibility for the shoot was to work with him on developing the concept and offer wardrobe assistance, day of.
Several days before the shoot, Marshall sent me a list of the individuals with their contact information. From the list, I noticed three girls had turned into two. Which, was quite alright. As many of you know, working on location with a large group can be consuming. Make a long story short, so that I can get to the “meat” of this post – I contacted both girls, left messages detailing what they needed to bring and where it would be.
Saturday arrives and one young lady called and said she was not going to be able to make the shoot. The other young lady NEVER called and NEVER showed up. My question to my readers, is this…when has FREE become FREELY WASTE MY TIME? (disclaimer: this post is in no way geared towards the two individuals, in fact I don’t know either – it is however to discuss a topic of professionalism in the world of modeling.)
TFP or TFD. I bet some of you are wondering what those acronyms mean. Trade for pictures or trade for disc. Many service providers such as photographers, models, hair/makeup artist and wardrobe stylist offer their services FREE to build portfolios. This does not mean that you do not get the same quality of service or product as someone who is paying but rather that we are helping each other out in a sense. Somewhat of a “resume” builder in the modeling world.
Time is money, time is precious and time cannot be gotten back. Let’s all be respectful of others and their time. In an era where EVERYONE wants to be a model, there is no room for unprofessional-ism. These types of service providers are in high demand. The higher up you get into the modeling industry, there are some who will not tolerate foolishness and have enough respect to ruin your career. Now none of us would do that, but it is a let down when you clear your schedule to help someone and they don’t show up. In the future I recommend rescheduling at least 24 hours in advance and ONLY if it is an emergency. “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is totally unacceptable.”
Here are two of the most commonly search tips for models:
- Be on time, if you can’t there on time let the Photographer know otherwise you will get a reputation for being late or not turning up. This could hurt your future assignments as no one will book an unreliable model!
- Professionalism is imperative for success in the industry, and it begins with punctuality.
Modeling can be and is fun, but it is also a business like any other. Although your lifestyle may vary and the excitement can reach all new heights, remember to take it serious. Imagine if another photographer had showed up to the shoot and in one “no show” branded these young ladies as not being serious enough for the industry.
At any rate, check out some of the photos from this weekend! We had a great time just enjoying the park.