Marin Photography wrote:
Require a deposit. This way if they don't show at least you have something to buy beer with!....
From the original post, it was not clear to me whether we were talking about a situation where...
a) The model was paying the photographer,
b) The photographer was paying the model, or
c) The model & the photographer were having a trade shoot.
For a), above, I guess it's okay to ask for a deposit. For the others, it would be inappropriate & unfair.
Yes, sometimes models flake (or cancel late). But sometimes photographers flake (or cancel late or fail to deliver promised images), too. If a deposit protects the photographer from flaky models, what protects the model from flaky photographers?