I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing wrong, but something isn’t right. As someone who doesn’t believe in “luck” it clearly means somewhere I’m making mistakes.
The recent history:
Attempt 1: the working environment was piss-poor, basically we were shooting in a conservatory on a hot, sunny day. End result was lots of sweating, I nearly passed out and results that were disappointing.
Attempt 2: the model rang me two days before the shoot to say she couldn’t make it. Not heard of again and her profile has vanished.
Attempt 3: looked good until it turned out the model is a cat lover and I have allergies. Shoot cancelled.
Attempt 4: I arrived at the model’s home to be asked “is this the same style as last time?” and then informed her children were upstairs. Shoot didn’t happen.
Common thread: working at the model’s home.
I’ve gotten tired of studio work and wanted to shoot more casual and candid work. I’ve had a lot of success with this in the past (see Bad Dolly, Emma and of course Fiona), just I seem to be doing something wrong. Maybe I’m not vetting the models correctly, or not asking the right questions.
Even my studio work hasn’t been great as I managed to pick a model who’s kid got rushed to hospital mid-shoot and another who spent more time trying to take selfies than posing. (OK, the former was unfortunate and no one’s fault, it was just a thing that happened and the kiddie was OK in the end.)
The common factor in all of this is of course me. While this might come across as a bit of a bitch about the unreliability of models and how put upon I’ve been the bottom line is it is me who needs to change. I need to improve my vetting, take more control of my shoots and maybe, just maybe, reintroduce my home studio.
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