Do you need to travel for a shoot?
If you are booked for a photoshoot it is written in your contract LOUD and CLEAR: to be somewhere on time! You are not a famous super model yet, so you cannot afford diva behavior.
But imagine that you are booked in a different city, or even country, than where you live. You can leave very early in the morning from home, but there is a high risk that you will get stuck in traffic or that something else happens unexpectedly.
In this case it is useful to leave the night before, to book a cheap hotel or a bed and breakfast.
What's an: overstay or hosting-service?
You may also be offered an overnight stay. In this case, check whether everything is correct. There is always a model on a forum that has worked with the photographer or agency in question.
But, do not assume people will host you unless you did not asked or you are unknown to them. You have a build a good reputation, as in: not-smoking, no drugs, normal behavior. If you are already know, it might be easier to invite yourself for an overnight stay to save costs for hotel.
In other countries, than Europe, it is more common to be ‘hosted’ by other. It means you can stay for the time being and you will get your room for the nights. It is also called: over-staying.
Adresses are to be find on:
couchsurfing.org or airbnb.com, but those are good sites. It offers alternate ways to stay in a city without paying for a more likely expensive hotel. Craigslist.org is also a good source in some areas. Worst case, have enough in an emergency savings to cover travel home.
Travel for a one-day shoot:
It is however more likely to travel for a one-day shoot.
As said, think about whats more important: to travel the day before, have a good night sleep in a hotel and to save yourself a lot of stress, or to be an early bird and have a lot of stress in case of traffic jams or other disaster.
I always prefer the first. It might be a good idea to talk about it with the modelagency or the photographer as well. They probably see the advantage of you being early and fresh at the shoot, in stead of stressed and already tired. The amount of money for a hotel or bed and breakfast can be split-ed or you can ask for a small compensation. The money, for a hotel, can always be negotiable in the contract.
Be sure to bring the clothes, accessories and shoes which are required for the shoot, but try to travel as light as possible.
Sometimes a modelagency has written in the papers for the shoot: bring 5 different sets of clothes. That's a lot of luggage to bring with you. But think carefully, make sets of combinations and limit your shoes. It is really crazy to bring your whole closet. Be clever and focus on travel-clothes. Non-ironing clothes which will work for the day of the shoot. Try them all upfront and be sure it fits well.
Be creative and keep your focus on smart combinations. In the end there are probably a lot of clothes which are nit used for the shoot and just a few pieces of your garment which really works well!
List of travel-must-haves:
Always be prepared for the strangest things which might happen.
Because surely they will happen. I once stood somewhere on a forest trail waiting for the whole shooting-team. The team was on the bus that broke down. The photographer-assistent called me but I spent many hours waiting in the forest until they finally arrived.
And what about photoshoots in old vacant buildings, practically inaccessible industrial sites or studios in the heart of a city that was completely inaccurate in terms of address details?
Travel easy = planning ahead
Never assume anything. Plan carefully, view google maps. Plan your trip and make it not only the best, but also a pleasant, stress-free experience.
Marga van der Vet is a model, blogger and content specialist. But mostly she is just a woman; living and loving her family, dog and horses. She lives on the countryside of the Netherlands and 'models' mainly in Europe.