So many models I’ve worked with mention how much they’d love to do a cool duo shoot with a friend.  I’ve been lucky getting to work with a lot of very talented models and the end results of the duo shoot have often been quite well received. The most successful shoots come from models that have a lot of experience in front of the camera.

Having said that, over the last 15 years I’ve worked with countless models that brought a friend to shoot together with. While the thought/gesture comes from a positive place the end result can be quite the opposite. Allow me to elaborate.

It’s rather rare both models are of equal beauty, talent, or experience. This means there is always one that the camera loves more than the other. Modelling is tough enough on one’s confidence as it is, standing together, side by side reviewing your images, it becomes quite obvious which is doing better and it’s often a very difficult time for the other model. I can only imagine how difficult it must be emotionally, and I really can’t help but feel incredibly sad about it – I just want everyone happy.

I should also mention that the majority of bookings with a friend ends up with the friend cancelling, leaving the full financial burden of the shoot on you. If I had to guess, I’d say almost 80% of friends end up cancelling, it’s really really likely. The friend is often not as committed to the shoot as you are. So ask yourself, do you want that embarrassment and risk? Especially since the retainer is non refundable?

 I ask you take what I say into consideration, are you really really, super duper sure you want to model with a friend?