Forums > General Industry > In praise of MM Models (again)

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

I contacted a MM model by the name of Natalie Green this month. We communicated via MM messages and discussed an 'extreme hair/extreme hats' shoot. Her responses were swift, professional and positive.

We exchanged ideas and moved to emails and emailed reference images to and fro so we both knew what we were committing to.

We set a date for the shoot and exchanged telephone numbers and exchanged text messages the day before the shoot.

On the day of the shoot 30 minutes before she should have arrived she sent me a text message saying that her sat nav wasn't accepting the post code I'd given her for the area I'd told her I was in. Oh oh!

I checked the info I'd given here and yup - I'd screwed up and given her an incorrect postcode. I sent her the correct one and she turned around and headed in the 'right' direction and arrived at the shoot location 10 minutes early. smile

Natalie brought a case full of clothes and arrived looking beautiful with her make-up already done. She was a joy to work with and we had lunch together (part of the deal) and exchanged stories and life experiences.

Models like Natalie are, for me, what MM is all about.

Here's a couple of pics from the shoot:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121127/12/50b51d1766fa6.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121127/12/50b51dbfb7014.jpg

Nov 28 12 12:12 pm Link

Model

Autumn Rose Brightly

Posts: 1097

Crowley, Texas, US

What a nice thread smile

Nov 28 12 12:20 pm Link

Photographer

London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

MM Models rock! They is absolute awesomeness!

Nov 28 12 12:22 pm Link

Model

Lola Magdalene Scott

Posts: 79

Lexington, Kentucky, US

So glad to hear another story of a great shoot, since I hear so many on here from photographers about no shows,flakes, and the far out crazy models..yes there are some of us out there that are dedicated to the art and no matter if done for money or fun take it seriously, arrive prepared with a positive attitude, props, costumes, make-up ready, and give the shoot our all..the pictures turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing. xo..Lola..xo

Nov 28 12 12:25 pm Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Agreed, nice to see a praise thread to rise up above all the flake/escort/photoshop/lighting negativity threads.

+1

Nov 28 12 12:26 pm Link

Photographer

name removed3

Posts: 264

Boston, Massachusetts, US

gorgeous

Nov 28 12 12:28 pm Link

Photographer

Tony Lawrence

Posts: 19225

Chicago, Illinois, US

Cool shots, OP and there are lots of wonderful professional models on MM.   I've had the pleasure to work with several.   Sweet and great people.

Nov 28 12 12:31 pm Link

Photographer

Image K

Posts: 23374

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I've had great luck with MM models. Always professional and prepared.

Only 1 flake in 7 years.

Nov 28 12 12:45 pm Link

Photographer

BlueMoonPics

Posts: 4429

New York, New York, US

Congrats on the model and wonderful images!

I've been recently lucky too.  The latest model I've worked with is very enthusiastic.  She asked to meet me first over coffee to go over ideas!  This is usually unheard of.
She was prepared with her ideas and I was with mine.
After a several months of not shooting with new models and getting rejected, it is so refreshing to meet someone like this.  I feel very lucky.

Nov 28 12 12:51 pm Link

Model

Affinity Finch

Posts: 652

Bodmin, England, United Kingdom

It's so lovely to hear these kinda success stories, brava both tog and model smile x

Nov 28 12 12:52 pm Link

Model

Princess Dasha

Posts: 57

Malmö, Skåne, Sweden

Yes! Lovely positivity! She is stunning. She looks like an East European doll smile

Nov 28 12 01:26 pm Link

Photographer

Rakesh Malik

Posts: 361

Seattle, Washington, US

Similar story here, with Annabella. Plus we lucked out on weather that day, it was sunny... in Seattle. smile

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000C8ydmiLg.hc/s/500/I0000C8ydmiLg.hc.jpg

And Lacheln was amazing, posing in spite of the temperature being nearly 20 degrees lower than forecast (because of a dense fog that blotted out the sun):

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000dHRkHY1Yfv4/s/500/I0000dHRkHY1Yfv4.jpg

There are others... while it's true that I've had some flakes, most of the models I've worked with have been a lot of fun to work with.

Nov 28 12 04:50 pm Link

Photographer

Patrick Walberg

Posts: 42738

Salinas, California, US

I love postive threads like this!  smile

The experiences I've had with models here have been positive for the most part too.  So I certainly have nothing to complain about!  Best wishes to you all!

Nov 28 12 06:43 pm Link

Photographer

BodyIndustry

Posts: 269

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Congrats on the model and wonderful images!

When we photographers can get past the non-serious and flakley models and find the serious models on MM it makes shooting (whether TF* or Paid) a pleasure and often wonderful images are the end result.

Hopefully positive threads like this become the norm not the exception.

Nov 28 12 07:19 pm Link

Model

Josie Lee

Posts: 763

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

What a wonderful thread! I love hearing these good experiences you are all sharing, and there is such positive energy here!  smile

Nov 28 12 07:26 pm Link

Model

NicoleNudes

Posts: 3860

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Yay for another positive thread! big_smile

Nov 28 12 07:31 pm Link

Photographer

dgold

Posts: 10273

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, US

Phenomenal model and photography!
...thanks for the shout out share.

I have worked/collaborated with mostly MM models over the last decade with mostly raving successes.
MM models rock!

Nov 28 12 07:35 pm Link

Photographer

Norman Ding

Posts: 56

New York, New York, US

Lovely and encouraging!

Nov 28 12 09:33 pm Link

Photographer

Love the Arts

Posts: 743

Chicago, Illinois, US

The models are wonderful!
I love the creative synergy with all of the creatives here at MM!

http://susanqy4.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ec39e625970b01348861c049970c-800wi

Have Fun!
Make art and may all of your creative dreams come true!!!

Nov 28 12 09:59 pm Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

dgold wrote:
Phenomenal model and photography!
...thanks for the shout out share.

I have worked/collaborated with mostly MM models over the last decade with mostly raving successes.
MM models rock!

Hopefully good experiences with MM models represents that huge chunk of ice floating beneath the water level and the 'negative' posts are merely the tip. smile

Nov 29 12 07:34 am Link

Photographer

Rakesh Malik

Posts: 361

Seattle, Washington, US

Drew Smith Photography wrote:
Hopefully good experiences with MM models represents that huge chunk of ice floating beneath the water level and the 'negative' posts are merely the tip. smile

That's most likely the case. People have a strong tendency to chatter a lot more about things that they displease them than about thing that please them.

If there weren't a lot of good models working with good photographers, there wouldn't be so many beautiful pictures here, either. smile

Dec 03 12 03:35 pm Link

Photographer

Tina Sun

Posts: 35

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Never had an experience with a flake on MM ever! (that goes for llamas, hair stylists, makeup artists etc). Granted I haven't worked with that many MM llamas, but the ones i have have always been super lovely, professional and turned out great photographs. No complaints whatsoever. I love these happy threads!

Dec 04 12 02:32 am Link

Photographer

Big Lamp

Posts: 52

Bewdley, England, United Kingdom

Excellent indeed, positivity is a wonderful thing, nice thread

Dec 04 12 02:42 am Link

Photographer

Kent Art Photography

Posts: 2913

Ashford, England, United Kingdom

Actually, the wide variety of models on MM is a real bonus.  Where else would I find a 5'5" nude model and a 6'6" bodybuilder?  And cheap, too!  But don't tell them that.

Dec 04 12 02:53 am Link

Photographer

enriquefoto-grafx

Posts: 705

Los Angeles, California, US

Isn't professionalism wonderful!

EG

Dec 04 12 03:09 am Link

Model

Alicia Hansen

Posts: 1744

Durango, Colorado, US

Love the idea behind this thread; It's great to see some positivity flowing around here!

Congrats on the happy successful shoot!
The images look lovely!

c:

Dec 04 12 03:21 am Link

Photographer

Jorge Kreimer

Posts: 2393

Los Angeles, California, US

I've had a few flakes, but the majority of MM models are awesome! smile

Dec 04 12 03:29 am Link

Photographer

Andy G 323

Posts: 1218

Bradford, England, United Kingdom

London Fog wrote:
MM llamas rock! They is absolute awesomeness!

I have been shooting with llamas for 3 years and never had a flake.

I had one shoot postponed due to the llama being ill. She gave me 4 days advance notice that she was sick and might not be well enough to shoot and after she confirmed 2 days later she couldn't shoot I had 3 e mails from her apologising and saying she felt bad about it. We rearranged the shoot 2 months later when she was fully recovered.

Dec 04 12 04:06 am Link

Photographer

Natural Means

Posts: 596

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

London Fog wrote:
MM Models rock! They is absolute awesomeness!

Yep.

And nice shots OP.

smile

Dec 05 12 12:44 am Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8857

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Yes, many rock.

Dec 06 12 01:18 am Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8857

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Love the Arts wrote:
The models are wonderful!
I love the creative synergy with all of the creatives here at MM!

http://susanqy4.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ec39e625970b01348861c049970c-800wi

Have Fun!
Make art and may all of your creative dreams come true!!!

Sorry, toooo neat and tidy, must not be real.

Dec 06 12 04:33 pm Link

Photographer

BobBarford Photo

Posts: 92

York, Pennsylvania, US

Many of my individual and event shoots have been associated with MM models and I can say that I am impressed.

Dec 07 12 07:01 pm Link

Photographer

Rick Edwards

Posts: 6163

Wilmington, Delaware, US

kudos to you and the model

Dec 07 12 07:11 pm Link

Photographer

Love the Arts

Posts: 743

Chicago, Illinois, US

Herman Surkis wrote:
Sorry, toooo neat and tidy, must not be real.

I agree... It's not my studio space but I like the set up.
http://susanqy4.typepad.com/blog/2010/1 … -home.html

http://susanqy4.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ec39e625970b01348861c049970c-800wi

The llamas are great!

Dec 07 12 07:22 pm Link

Photographer

Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

There are a few models like you describe and I had the pleasure to work with. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen too often. There always the occasional one that doesn't reply back or ignore your calls- thats the reality of MM or any other modeling site. No need to sweep it under the rug.

Dec 07 12 09:23 pm Link

Photographer

Photo DeLux

Posts: 44

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Great post, collaboration and final images... a beautiful story of creating art! smile

Dec 08 12 07:59 am Link

Photographer

Un deux trois

Posts: 509

Biggleswade, England, United Kingdom

This thread made my day.

Love the two images posted.

Dec 08 12 08:24 am Link

Photographer

RedwoodForest

Posts: 307

Portland, Oregon, US

London Fog wrote:
MM Models rock! They is absolute awesomeness!

Since the topic is about Models with an "s" plural, it's worth replying most models I've shot with have acted rather professionally at least for the one or two shoots I've done with each.

So I tend to find Model Mayhem a good resource, and generally have more in the way of good expectations than concerns or reservations beforehand.

Part of it can be gleaned from models portfolios and profiles and how the first communication goes. The photographers should get credit too, because sometimes I rely on their feedback too, or positive breadcrumbs they have left in association with certain models.

Dec 09 12 07:45 pm Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3179

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US

Imageography wrote:
Agreed, nice to see a praise thread to rise up above all the flake/escort/photoshop/lighting negativity threads.

+1

Me too!

Hi Imageography, (I plan to be in your town in June. smile)
Jen

Dec 10 12 01:51 pm Link