Wordy Wednesday #196 “What to Do When Models Don’t Show Up?”


This is a question that I’m often asked, so I thought I would use this Wordy Wednesday post to answer it.

As anybody who has worked with models can attest, no shows are a reality of life. Sometimes you will get an e-mail or call the day before requesting a reschedule, other times you get a text or e-mail around the time the model should be walking in the door saying they can’t make it while other times they simply don’t show up.

So what do I do under these conditions? The typical answer is nothing. After spending hours getting the studio ready and doing some testing of the first set of lighting setups and charging camera batteries, I do nothing… just sit and contemplate the mysteries of the universe. But sometime other things happen.

Once when shooting at my friend Jack Dean’s studio he volunteered his daughters as substitute models and both were extraordinarily charming and did extremely well as models. Another time, Jack loaned me this mannequin (he used for practicing lighting setups) and which is the subject of today’s post.

Many thanks, Jack for all the help you’ve given me over the years and a big thank you to Sarah Dean who appeared in some of my recent Shutterbug reviews of lighting equipment.

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Author: Joe Farace

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