Forums > General Industry > Worst Excuses

Photographer

Chesterfield Hector

Posts: 170

London, England, United Kingdom

What is the worst excuse someone has ever given for cancelling a shoot?

I got this message while I was already at the studio

"Im sorry  but  I cant do today, I know I wont feel comfortable and I've had a shit couple of days, I came off my bike yesterday and f****d all my arm and leg and ive been to an atm and I have no money to get up there. Sorry for wasting your time and I will pay for your time ( despite my earlier  comment I will have money soon)"

So what strange excuse have you heard? From Photographers and from models?

Sep 14 12 05:53 pm Link

Photographer

rp_photo

Posts: 42551

Houston, Texas, US

Most original: I hurt my back releasing trapped raccoons.

Second-most: I have to clean out my Ebay storage space.

Most maddening: I have to go shopping with my mother.

Sep 14 12 05:55 pm Link

Photographer

Brian T Rickey

Posts: 4008

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

'your mama kept me up to late last night so i'm to tired to shoot'

Sep 14 12 05:55 pm Link

Photographer

rp_photo

Posts: 42551

Houston, Texas, US

Chesterfield Hector wrote:
I will pay for your time ( despite my earlier  comment I will have money soon)

I'm guessing that never happened.

Sep 14 12 06:00 pm Link

Model

J Jessica

Posts: 2429

Coconut Creek, Florida, US

rp_photo wrote:
Most original: I hurt my back releasing trapped raccoons.

Second-most: I have to clean out my Ebay storage space.

Most maddening: I have to go shopping with my mother.

I'm glad the raccoons are okay.
^_^

Sep 14 12 06:02 pm Link

Photographer

Matt Throop Photography

Posts: 238

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Blamed me because she didn't answer texts or phone calls about confirming the shoot.

Sep 14 12 06:16 pm Link

Photographer

NIMATARADJI photography

Posts: 897

Chicago, Illinois, US

"am sorry but I can't model today because I don't feel at my best, but if we re-schedule, I feel I will be able to give you all my worth..." !!!


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Sep 14 12 06:16 pm Link

Photographer

Christine Eadie - Art

Posts: 595

Charleston, South Carolina, US

"I overslept this morning."   The shoot wasn't until 5:00 p.m.

Sep 14 12 06:17 pm Link

Model

Miss AY

Posts: 8166

Boston, Massachusetts, US

"sorry my mom wont let me"

Sep 14 12 06:18 pm Link

Photographer

rp_photo

Posts: 42551

Houston, Texas, US

I recently had a model end a paid shoot early because she "didn't eat", but what we managed to shoot surpassed many shoots that yielded 2 to 3 times more images.

Sep 14 12 06:19 pm Link

Photographer

F-1 Photo

Posts: 1126

New York, New York, US

"Sorry I have to cancel for later on today...I'm homesick"

Sep 14 12 06:31 pm Link

Photographer

Chesterfield Hector

Posts: 170

London, England, United Kingdom

Sep 14 12 06:38 pm Link

Photographer

rp_photo

Posts: 42551

Houston, Texas, US

Christine Eadie - Art wrote:
"I overslept this morning."   The shoot wasn't until 5:00 p.m.

Some teens and early 20-somethings might just up by then.

Sep 14 12 06:43 pm Link

Photographer

HEF Photography

Posts: 1817

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Worst excuse is no excuse !

Sep 14 12 06:45 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11940

Olivet, Michigan, US

Augustine York wrote:
"sorry my mom wont let me"

The photographer said that?

Was his studio in her basement?

The worst I've gotten was probably either "We decided not to" an hour before the shoot, or "I got lost" from someone who made it 95 out of 100 miles to my place, and wouldn't answer the phone when I called to give the directions the rest of the way, which required ONE turn, at the end of the road she was already on.

Sep 14 12 06:47 pm Link

Photographer

rp_photo

Posts: 42551

Houston, Texas, US

HEF Images wrote:
Worst excuse is no excuse !

I would prefer hearing nothing than an insulting excuse.

Sep 14 12 06:48 pm Link

Photographer

STT Photography

Posts: 164

Daytona Beach, Florida, US

Had a shoot scheduled for 6 pm, got an email from the model at 5 saying she's been helping her pregnant friend give birth since 7 am that morning. Nowhere in her profile did it mention her full time job was a midwife or obstetrician.

Sep 14 12 06:50 pm Link

Model

Cyn Alaska Crew

Posts: 2

Manassas, Virginia, US

Sep 14 12 06:59 pm Link

Photographer

Chesterfield Hector

Posts: 170

London, England, United Kingdom

rp_photo wrote:

I'm guessing that never happened.

You are correct, they havent paid yet

Sep 14 12 07:05 pm Link

Photographer

Wysiwyg Photography

Posts: 6326

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Augustine York wrote:
"sorry my mom wont let me"

I have had this.. only it wasn't "Mom".. it was "Boyfriend".

and no, I'm not kidding.

Sep 14 12 07:11 pm Link

Model

Ivanafox

Posts: 979

Healesville, Victoria, Australia

Had a fight with my girlfriend

My camera got stolen

My camera got stolen (he used that one again 2 years down the track- must be the photographers equivalent to the grandma dying)

Got a new camera and don't know how to use it yet

Sep 14 12 07:14 pm Link

Photographer

rp_photo

Posts: 42551

Houston, Texas, US

Chesterfield Hector wrote:
You are correct, they havent paid yet

I have learned that the more a model "owes" you in some way, the less likely you are to hear from them again unless they are a dedicated pro in which case you can count on things being made right.

Sep 14 12 07:15 pm Link

Photographer

Jayc Yu

Posts: 531

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

"i'm going to have to re schedule with you, im so sorry but my house burnt down tonight. All my clothes and everything are ruined."

She wanted to schedule another time after 7-days.
This was her style of politeness. The amusement value out-weighted any offend I felt.

Sep 15 12 02:49 am Link

Photographer

RKD Photographic

Posts: 3265

Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The day before the shoot...

"My wife who is an event caterer has a last-minute job and since she is my escort I can't come as I've had bad experiences in the past...sorry...."

Probably just as well, considering I was never informed that she was bringing an escort to begin with: imagine how much fun that would have been when I told her 'wife' to go find a coffee-shop in town... big_smile

Oh and last year after I asked on another's profile where the F*** she'd got to:

"Sorry but I decided to spontaneously go to France..."

WT actual F...?

Sep 15 12 03:02 am Link

Photographer

White Lace Studios

Posts: 1719

Mesa, Arizona, US

I moved to a new appartment last month and can't find my lingerie... but she had just posted new images the week of our shoot in some of the items she claims she can't find

...(we booked a nude shoot)

Sep 15 12 09:55 pm Link

Model

Stormee

Posts: 2463

San Antonio, Texas, US

Sep 15 12 10:10 pm Link

Photographer

Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

I got a headache- me too bitch- hang smile

Sep 15 12 10:50 pm Link

Photographer

Wolfy4u

Posts: 1103

Grand Junction, Colorado, US

After a model flaked and didn't even call, I called her the next day and she said, "I'm so sorry, I had an emergency and had to take my dog to the vet to get fixed".

Sometime later, she turned out to be one of the best models I've ever worked with.

Sep 15 12 10:57 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis-O

Posts: 200

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

"Didn't you read the restraining order?"

(OK .. just made that one up ..)

Sep 15 12 11:05 pm Link

Photographer

Barry Kidd Photography

Posts: 2637

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, US

Well, I know that my BEST excuse ever was:

"Sorry, I got drunk last night and have a hangover."

While it's ---- not exactly cool I'd much rather hear that because it was honorable than find out that I'd killed yet another unsuspecting grandmother.

Sep 15 12 11:12 pm Link

Photographer

Barry Kidd Photography

Posts: 2637

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, US

Dennis-O wrote:
"Didn't you read the restraining order?"

^ wink

Sep 15 12 11:14 pm Link

Model

Alabaster Crowley

Posts: 8282

Tucson, Arizona, US

I wonder how many of these threads there has been.

Sep 16 12 12:36 am Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Alabaster Crowley wrote:
I wonder how many of these threads there has been.

I wonder how many times a photographer thinks the model made some weird excuse when it was actually true... There are plenty of stories of models who have a problem or situation that prevents them from going to a shoot, have the balls to inform the photographer and get called names for it and put on some sot of blacklist.
not cool.

Sep 16 12 12:38 am Link

Photographer

Dan OMell

Posts: 1339

Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

I was browsing your images all night over and fell asleep in the morning missing our photo session.

Sep 16 12 12:39 am Link

Artist/Painter

Hunter GWPB

Posts: 2475

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US

Alabaster Crowley wrote:
I wonder how many of these threads there has been.

When I am talking to a new client (not photography), I explain the process.  When I am on the job, the neighbors ask, I explain the process. People going by stop and ask, I explain the process.   You would think that they would just say, "Hey, I bet this is on line somewhere and I can just look it up rather than bother him and his crew!"  I know that I have had the conversation thousands of times and I know that the person I am talking to has never had the conversation.  So I will have it again.  So what.

Worst excuse experience was three models in a row had a disaster.  Aunt in a car wreck; Gallbladder operation; Sister in a car wreck.  It is just asking for trouble to schedule with me.

Sep 16 12 06:22 am Link

Photographer

J3photography

Posts: 4

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

A gatekeeper just called and flaked on me 15 minutes before the shoot. She said she hurt her leg 2 days ago, and although she was in the car and on her way, needed to cancel because her leg looked swollen.

Sep 16 12 06:32 am Link

Photographer

Mark Anthony Photo

Posts: 199

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, US

Barry Kidd Photography wrote:
Well, I know that my BEST excuse ever was:

"Sorry, I got drunk last night and have a hangover."

While it's ---- not exactly cool I'd much rather hear that because it was honorable than find out that I'd killed yet another unsuspecting grandmother.

Funny as hell.....

Sep 16 12 06:50 am Link

Model

Isis22

Posts: 3166

Muncie, Indiana, US

I had Taco Bell last night. They did reschedule.

Sep 16 12 07:20 am Link

Photographer

Vincent Arthur

Posts: 899

Red Bank, New Jersey, US

Best excuse I ever got:  "My brother was shot and killed last night."

We had a great shoot when we finally rescheduled.

Sep 16 12 07:28 am Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1731

Los Angeles, California, US

Augustine York wrote:
"sorry my mom wont let me"

lol

Sep 16 12 07:28 am Link