Posts tagged ‘flake’

June 8, 2010

Deposits & Cancellation Fees

After a string of cancellations, and much thought on the subject, I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing two things I’ve never done before as a model.  I am now going to require a deposit to re-book after a cancellation, and am also going to be instituting a cancellation fee.  For all shoots, even trade.  Even with those I’ve worked with before.

Bottom line is, I’m tired of setting aside a full day for someone and getting canceled on, and during summer, setting aside a full day for a shoot in IL means skipping a weekend with my family up in MI as well.  And that’s not to mention all the time I typically spend planning (finding pose, wardrobe, and hair/makeup ideas at the very least) for a shoot, and (in some cases) the money spent on new items for a shoot.

It’s just not fair to those who’ve be reliable, and I’m sorry, but a handful of folks have tipped the boat far enough where it’s just too frustrating now, and I’m done.

Here’s how it’s going to work.

  • If a shoot is canceled within 3 days, my re-booking deposit will be $25, payable via Paypal only.  Refundable the day of the shoot, or put towards MUA fees, photographer’s choice.
  • If a shoot is canceled within 24 hours, my cancellation fee will be $50, payable via Paypal only.  Non-refundable, and will not be applied to a re-booking deposit.

I’m also going to start being even more selective when it comes to those I book with.  Between upcoming workshops, a fashion show I’m in, and just my life in general, the free time I have is becoming less and less free, and, frankly, I’d rather concentrate on workshops and that stuff than shoot just to shoot.  Paid jobs, tear sheets, and the like will continue to take priority.

September 29, 2008

Shit Happens

I “flaked” on a shoot this weekend. That’s right, I said it. And I’ll say it again: I “flaked” on a shoot this weekend.

I didn’t, by my definition, actually flake (no-show, no-call). I did, however, cancel at the last minute. The very last-minute. In fact, my phone call to the photographer came about 5 minutes after I was supposed to be on set.

I was running about 20 minutes behind schedule due to some incompetent fools tieups at the bank. I got in the car and saw I’d missed 3 phonecalls from my fiance, so I called him back. I tell you, it’s quite upsetting to hear, “I just got into an accident. I’m ok, but I think the car is totaled. I’ll have to call you back, I’m talking to the police right now.”

Oh man. I called the photographer immediately, told him I wasn’t going to make it and why. Luckily, we’re more or less friends and we work together, so he knows I wouldn’t lie. Especially about something like this. He could also probably hear the near-tears-panic in my voice. Regardless, he was fine putting the shoot off until another day, and told me to go.

So I did. I had the sense to snap a shot of the car once it was up on the tow truck (my fiance snapped some after the accident and whatnot).

:sigh: Yea. It was pretty bad. All in all, my fiance’s ok… bruises, scratches, and lots of soreness. And everyone else involved was ok as well. But nothing broken, thankfully. The car can be replaced.

To all you photographers who think a last-minute cancellation excuse is always bullshit: Just remember, shit happens.

And to all you photographers who are understanding when shit does happen: You make this much easier. Thank you.

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