Jackson frontier photos wrote:
Since I joined mm and began my attempt to work with models I've had 2 shoots and 8 cancelations. 3 of them were no call no shows, 2 were weather related. The majority were to be paid shoots. Getting discouraged, does it get better? What's your cancelation rate?
In short, probably not. Try checking references before agreeing on a shoot date and that will help a little bit maybe.
If someone no call no shows, I won't work with them again no matter how much they offer to pay me. For all I know they'll agree to pay to pay the deposit and still not show up to get their money's worth.
If I was supposed to TF with someone and they cancel with me without giving at least 24 hours notice and then they later want to reschedule the shoot I refuse to do it unless they agree to pay a deposit before scheduling a new date in addition to my hourly fee. Usually they won't agree to it and honestly, I don't care. They didn't respect me my time the first time, they probably won't the second time around. Same deal applies if it was going to be a paid shoot. Life is too short to work with people who are going to treat me like crap.
I charge a $50 non-refundable deposit to secure the date. This is because I do a lot of prep work before shooting (as every model should) and this is what I feel that time is worth. While shooting I charge my regular rate.