Last weekend, I had a shoot scheduled. It was a reschedule of a shoot where the MUA hadn't shown (and I hadn't brought my makeup).
Monday morning (the Monday before the shoot), my dad had a minor heart attack. Anyway, once I found out what was going on, I emailed the photographer to let him know. I gave him the option of rescheduling (and gave him a list of dates), or playing it by ear. He opted to reschedule, which was pretty cool of him (I ended up spending the day we were supposed to shoot by my parents). We rescheduled for this weekend. Tomorrow actually.
Friday morning, I woke up with pinkeye. With a shoot scheduled today and one scheduled Sunday. I immediately emailed the photographer for Sunday's shoot (I work with Saturday's photographer, so I figured I'd just see him). Again, I gave him the option of shooting Sunday, with me in my glasses (or without them, and risking marks on my nose and me tripping over something), or rescheduling. My biggest concern was a MUA--no professional MUA would want to work with me with pinkeye, and I wouldn't want to work with anyone who was ok with it--and the fact that I don't feel I could do my own makeup well enough to make it worth shooting with him without a MUA. After emailing him, I called my doctor and made an appointment.
He opted to reschedule, and stuck to his choice when I gave him an update after seeing the doc (that it would be cleared up by Sunday, but not to wear my contacts for another 2 days). I feel terrible having to cancel, again, just a week after we'd rescheduled. What makes it worse was that it was two days ahead of time. I hate canceling that close to a shoot.
Today's photographer opted to keep our schedule, as I was doing my own makeup and it didn't need to be all that great. It worked out ok, and my eye has gotten significantly better, but I'm still bummed about tomorrow
Anyone else have things just not go their way sometimes?
Oh, and my dad is doing fine, for those who don't know. He was released from the hospital the Wednesday after his attack... his previous stint had failed and the artery became blocked 100%. Because he exercises so much, his body grew capillaries around the blockage, which saved his life, and saved his heart from damage. Scary shit though, and we're all crazy thankful he's alive.
I'm glad to things worked out with your father and he's doing better.
As for having to reschedule so many times, I have to say I'm actually kind of glad to hear your stories. I've had many shoots reschedule and I've heard many different stories. So many that I was thinking it might be a good idea to warn models that when we schedule a shoot, that someone close to them will get terribly ill within a short amount of time before the the scheduled day! haha For awhile, it just seemed like that's what was happening. haha
But in the end, the reschedules would happen, and great shots would be had!
Hope things are looking better with the pink-eye.
Yea, my eye is looking a lot better, and it hasn't spread to my other eye, my fiance, or the dog. The doctor said I caught it really early, which was good, and I've changed all my towels, and am doing drops in both eyes as a precaution. Tomorrow I'm going to change all the pillow cases on the bed (which is annoying, because we just put clean sheets on Thursday).
And yea, it was a big scare with my dad, and he really should have died. And not only that, but a month before he'd had an EKG and a stress test as part of his annual physical. Both checked out fine. He had chest pains like he had 3 years ago (when he needed the stint put in originally), and went in for a second EKG the Friday before my mom took him to the hospital. The cardiologist said, on Friday, that everything looked fine and sent my dad home with nitro glycerine tablets to take for the chest pains
My dad's in the process of finding a new cardiologist.
Rachel, if you come shoot nudes with me it will even out the karma in the world. Your dad will live to be 147 years old, your eyes will be sparkly and bright, and you might even win the lottery
I'm really glad to hear your dad's blockage was caught in time, although it sounds like they should have caught it much earlier. Let's hope a new cardiologist will do a better job.
Sorry to hear about the pink eye, but you know that pink looks great on you
I wouldn't sweat the having to reschedule several times in a short period. Al your reasons for wanting to reschedule are valid and any person with half a brain and half a heart would totally understand.
You know Lumigraphics might be on to something, but for it to truly work, the others that have posted in this thread would need to see the images too.
Marty @ Photoarray.com wrote:
Rachel Jay wrote:
My dad's in the process of finding a new cardiologist.
Look on the bright side.... at least he's able to look for a new cardiologist!
The rest of you are just too much
Life just tosses shit your way at times.
I have had to cancel entire trips before, I know I pissed of more than one artist, but I was not going to be paying out of pocket to travel and work. Right now I am struggling with not making any money interning, but I know that in the long run it WILL benefit me.
And I have had 3 calls this week abotu my boudoir services, no appointments made. My goal is 2 shoots each month... I still need one more shoot on the books.
Yea. Hopefully this is the worst for awhile.
I'm fine with shit happening, as that's usually how it goes for me, but I prefer getting shat on by a bird during engagement photos to this kind of stuff
Kevlar Vest Girl wrote:How old is your dad and what are his symptoms? Does he smoke and drink?
My dad turned 57 in September. He doesn't smoke, and might have one beer or glass of wine every 6 months or so (though he recently opted to cut alcohol out of his diet entirely). He exercises 3-4 times a week regularly (in the winter, he climbs stairs at the health club, in the summer, he does that and bicycles between 50 and 75+ miles a weekend), and eats fairly healthy. He does have high blood pressure, and is on meds for it.
His stress test and EKG were perfect. Just as they were 3 years ago when he had the first stint put in. His symptoms were chest pains, which he first thought was heartburn (3 years ago). They occurred just beneath his breastbone, and didn't radiate down his left arm or anything. He had the same pains again this time.
Rachel, I'm not even going to ask how you got pinkeye. Did you see "Knocked Up?"
Yeah, sometimes it sucks, but you are courteous enough to inform and reschedule. Stuff happens and sometimes you just can't control those types of things.
If you cancelled and rescheduled with me a half dozen times due to uncontrollable circumstances, I'd still work with you because I know how serious and committed you are to the work.
I've had a few people cancel and reschedule a couple times and I've done it once due to the flu, it's really no big deal if you're dealing with people who are both professional and understanding.
I think it goes without saying that you should be thankful things weren't any worse. It tends to make people realize you should enjoy things and appreciate them more. And it sucks even more in my experience that it gets worse the older you are. I lost my dad when he was 52. Fifty-seven isn't old. You both should hold your heads up and think positive. Worse case scenerio is that if that were all you had, it's still something.
My last 6 weeks have been pretty bad and I don't see anything getting much better in the next few. Thankfully it's something that'll work itself out since it isn't health related.
Hang in there.
And you're right, 57 isn't old. My dad's parents both passed from cancer at very young ages (I was in 5th grade for one, 7th for the other, though I can't remember their ages... in their 60s, if not younger).
Anyway, yea, this super close call has definitely made my dad look at things differently I think. 3 years ago he really started eating better, and I think now he'll take even better care of himself. He also knows to listen not only to his body, but to himself. Had he gone with his gut, questioned his cardiologist, and gone to the hospital sooner, there's a chance the blockage would have been caught before he actually had the attack.
Things definitely get better eventually, somehow, someway
Yeah, sometimes life just sucks, esp that heart attack thing. It;s really unpredictable. Years ago I had a friend, a guy who was just 41 and sort of a jock. He ran three miles almost daily, had never smoked and drank only lightly. His parents and grandparents lived into their 80s. One day after his run, he told his wife he had a bit of heartburn and she went to the kitchen to get something for it. When she returned to the room, he was dead on the floor.
Sometimes it's genetic, sometimes it's lifestyle, but sometimes it's just fate.
But anyway, glad your Dad is OK and glad the pinkeye is clearing up.