• Oh! Was the shoot today? Sorry, I’m still in bed. I don’t think I can come.
  • I got really sick today morning. Got into an emergency room and going through treatment now. nd by the way, my sister is texting for me.
  • My boyfriend told me not to go to the photo-shoot.
  • Sorry, I’m running late coz I didn’t know there was the Chicago marathon and I’m stuck in the middle of it.
  • I got called into another shoot. Can yours be rescheduled?
  • There was a collapse in the space-time continuum right inside my apartment and looks like I’m stuck in a different parallel universe, nothing looks familiar here. Help!.

Fine… The last one, I made it up. The rest of them are the most frequently used among the many many other reasons that my models have given me right before the hours (sometimes minutes before!) of a photo-shoot. I’ve worked with nearly 4 dozen models so far, over the years. By saying any of these, I’m not pointing fingers towards anyone in specific. I’m also aware this happens to most photographers from time to time and also to models where the photographers don’t show-up the last minute.

I do realize that it’s a messy world out there.

But When I put time, energy and money (yes, in that same order) in organizing a photo-shoot, telling any reason at the last minute, doesn’t really help. I deal with it so much, more than I want to admit to. I do understand that last minute mishaps are inevitable and I also know that it cannot be really a last minute thing if you really put some effort in communicating it.

It would help me and the people who help me in putting together the photo-shoot in a great manner, if we are given a 12 hour minimum heads-up. This will help us in making other arrangements or stay home and queue up Netflix… 😉

I also have to point out that there were instances in which the models have called ahead the previous day and either cancelled or rescheduled the shoot, which is a great deal for me considering the time they give me to start making calls.

Anyway, why am I venting all these here?

I’m getting to it… 🙂

The way I roll.. The day before the photo-shoot, I make sure everything I needed to carry to the location., be it a studio or an outdoor venue is all packed and set to ‘ready to be carried out’ mode. I usually arrive at the location, 15-30 minutes early to make sure everything is intact and also start preparing for the shoot by setting up the equipment and such.

Never once, I had a model arrive at a location before I did.

The model: Ingrid. She was there at least 15 minutes before the mentioned time. I walked into the studio, she was there already. I was pleasantly, surprised and shocked because it has never happened before. Hence all the venting above (See my point here?). This might not be a big deal to a lot of people but to me it is. In a way, she made me look bad because I had to setup the equipment and made her wait till I finished it.. **awkward**

I kid 😉 , she was cool about the whole deal and she was also very understanding. This was shot in a studio environment. Even though I had enough control over the lights, I had to run around to change the light positions. She had lot of ideas for posing which you would see in some of the pictures below. She is very open-minded and a down to earth girl. Overall, not only she was on time for the shoot, she as very fun to hang out with.

Light Setup: Two lights, one to her left and the other to her right. The third right behind her to illuminate the background. All lights triggered wireless-ly using PocketWizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1 combo.

Model: Ingrid Burton
Lights: 3 x Canon 580 EX II
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II L and Canon 100mm f2.8 L
Wireless triggers: Pocketwizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1, controlled with a AC3 ZoneController

Here are the pictures from the shoot.
Warning before you scroll down: Some or all of the pictures below are NSFW.


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