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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Never had an experience with a flake on MM ever! (that goes for models, hair stylists, makeup artists etc). Granted I haven't worked with that many MM models, but the ones i have have always been super lovely, professional and turned out great photographs. No complaints whatsoever. I love these happy threads!
Andy G 323
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.
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.
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.