So I think it was November when I saw another bloggers post about losing faith in the portfolio website Model Mayhem because the models were just so unreliable. The post explained the websites purpose, to put photographers in touch with models, everyone sharing pictures and furthering their portfolio. This female photographer had been just about to give up on the site when she’d finally got a booking who showed up, and it made all the weeks of disappointment worthwhile.
So I signed up, and guess what – the same thing happened.
I must have arranged a heap of shoots which haven’t turned up. I’ve kept shooting with Megan meanwhile because we are so used to each other we get really good results (if you don’t know who Megan is she’s on the blog header). I’ve had a couple of Model Mayhem model shoots but for the ratio of hours browsing and messaging, against actual meet ups, its draining.
Then I had a shoot which made it all a bit more worthwhile! Professional model, make up artist, designer with the collection of garments she’d designed, a dry afternoon, a hotel room. It just worked out. There were ups and downs, the pier was closed, the fun fair was closed, the chip shops were closed, in fact everything was closed. And it was super-cold on the beach, but in general I felt like I was able to shoot away and capture a few nice shots.
I’d love to think I can move forwards with all this experience making me a better photographer, but working with people (and in this UK weather) – I feel like actually it all depends on the day – how the different variables turn out- and much of it is up to chance. Anyway the experience can’t hurt.
So as always comments, likes favs and all that are super-welcome.
PS. Cutaway is back from the printers, we launch/release next Friday officially but contact me if you’d like a copy. I can take payments via paypal and post to the UK, if you’re overseas I’ll be able to send you a link to the website we use for worldwide sales. Price in the UK is £6.99 and £2 postage at the moment but that might go up a few pence because the Royal Mail Nazis put their prices up. My email is in the contact me area of the blog, thanks!