I worked with a photographer on a gym/fitness shoot back in late June. He told me the pics might take a little bit to be finished because he was starting med school, but he'd have them done as soon as possible. A couple weeks after the shoot, I messaged him (we had been communicating on facebook) just to follow up and ask how things were coming along. He said he had gone through some of the pictures but not all of them and they were looking good so far. He said he would let me know when they were finished.
Well, that was over two months ago. I know he's busy with med school, and I understand that since I've just started law school myself. I have seen him post some other photos on his photography page since then, but those could have been shot before my shoot with him. Part of me thinks two and a half months is too long to wait for photos and I should contact him again... but the other part of me thinks that would be pushy and annoying. What would you do?
p.s. just to follow up. A model should never have to ask about photos. If you do you are dealing with an amateur. I add a paragraph to the bottom of the model release that tells the model exactly how many photos they will get at a minimum, the resolution of the photos, and wether or not there will be a watermark or logo applied to the photos. A model should never have to make assumptions on these things, whether TFCD or paid.
In any case, professionalism, common courtesy and honesty should dictate that he get in touch with you to let you know what's going on. He could post some of the photos if he has any finished, and the rest when he can. You don't just forget someone and let things ride. Communication is vital in any kind of business.
I'm going to assume, based on your port, that this was a TF* shoot. It seems to me that you shouldn't have to wait that long for results. I could understand 1 month, but this is stretching of way too long. I think you should follow up again and try to get a commitment. 2 months it too long to go without followup.
I've never gone more than 1 week without having something back to the model. I just finished a really fun shoot last Sunday where we were having so much fun that I somehow shot 1130 frames. I already have photos out to the model from all 6 sets for her to review and choose the ones she wants processed for her portfolio. Once she chooses. I'll have finished photos to her within a week after that.
She also has 3 processed photos from the shoot on her portfolio that I sent as an example of what to expect.
after two months, send a polite reminder. I do know some fellow photographers that are actually working though where sometimes it takes them in the extreme up to 6 months to drop images from tests. So two months is not unheard of. However, a friendly "how's it going" every now and then does not hurt. Most likely if he's in med school, he is living and breathing school and is not terribly serious about photography right now. I have a friend that is in med school doing the same. good luck
my feeling is that if trade photographers can't get their act together (medical school sounds like a good excuse) in a month or two they should outsource to a retoucher or give the model a session CD so the model can do her own retouching. the model didn't come do the shoot to bask in the glory of the photographer, they wanted some images!
so i'd ask him if i could have a session CD so i could do my own retouching. less work for him.