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Photographer
Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
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  Quote 
Model
Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,063
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


What a nice thread smile
Nov 28 12 12:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
London Fog
Posts: 6,582
London, England, United Kingdom


MM Models rock! They is absolute awesomeness!
Nov 28 12 12:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Imageography
Posts: 6,768
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  Quote 
Photographer
name removed3
Posts: 264
Boston, Massachusetts, US


gorgeous
Nov 28 12 12:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Tony Lawrence
Posts: 18,967
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  Quote 
Photographer
Image K
Posts: 23,363
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  Quote 
Photographer
BlueMoonPics
Posts: 3,892
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Rakesh Malik
Posts: 329
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  Quote 
Photographer
Patrick Walberg
Posts: 42,430
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  Quote 
Photographer
BodyIndustry
Posts: 267
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  Quote 
Model
Josie Lee
Posts: 722
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  Quote 
Model
NicoleNudes
Posts: 3,784
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Yay for another positive thread! big_smile
Nov 28 12 07:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
dgold
Posts: 10,269
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  Quote 
Photographer
Norman Ding
Posts: 55
New York, New York, US


Lovely and encouraging!
Nov 28 12 09:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Love the Arts
Posts: 710
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  Quote 
Photographer
Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
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  Quote 
Photographer
Rakesh Malik
Posts: 329
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  Quote 
Photographer
Tina Sun
Posts: 35
London, England, United Kingdom


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  Quote 
Photographer
Big Lamp
Posts: 46
Worcester, England, United Kingdom


Excellent indeed, positivity is a wonderful thing, nice thread
Dec 04 12 02:42 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kent Art Photography
Posts: 2,649
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  Quote 
Photographer
enriquefoto-grafx
Posts: 705
Los Angeles, California, US


Isn't professionalism wonderful!

EG
Dec 04 12 03:09 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Alicia Hansen
Posts: 1,744
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  Quote 
Photographer
Jorge Kreimer
Posts: 2,206
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  Quote 
Photographer
Andy G 323
Posts: 1,218
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  Quote 
Photographer
Natural Means
Posts: 523
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  Quote 
Photographer
Herman Surkis
Posts: 8,150
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Yes, many rock.
Dec 06 12 01:18 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Herman Surkis
Posts: 8,150
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  Quote 
Photographer
BobBarford Photo
Posts: 85
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  Quote 
Photographer
Rick Edwards
Posts: 6,151
Wilmington, Delaware, US


kudos to you and the model
Dec 07 12 07:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Love the Arts
Posts: 710
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  Quote 
Photographer
Image Works Photography
Posts: 2,890
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Un deux trois
Posts: 508
Biggleswade, England, United Kingdom


This thread made my day.

Love the two images posted.
Dec 08 12 08:24 am  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Model
MB Jen B
Posts: 2,833
Clarksville, Tennessee, 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  Quote 
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