Minh-Ly (mod­el) x Mattu Photography (pho­to)

It’s been a year since my shoot­ing acci­dent in Australia and while the bruis­es are much bet­ter, I am still scarred, like­ly for life. To make myself laugh, I tell myself it’s like Satan’s shad­ow claws, so it’s kind of badass 🙂 .

On a more seri­ous note, it put me into per­spec­tive on how I was treat­ing myself and how I allowed myself to be treat­ed by peo­ple I entrust­ed my secu­ri­ty and health. I have always been com­mit­ted to my craft, and have been reck­less many times even, but when was time to reap the con­se­quences, I was on my own. I nev­er heard back from that pho­tog­ra­ph­er about how I was doing and I did feel a bit dis­ap­point­ed. I per­formed, did my job, got hurt and I was dismissed.

It inspired me to cre­ate this sec­tion on my Booking Info called ”Shooting Safety Conditions”. While most of them are con­sid­ered nor­mal, they are often over­looked or neglect­ed. ”You’re such a kill-joy. Yeah, I know all about it, but it’s unlike­ly to hap­pen…”. You are right, 95% of the time, it goes super well, no dra­ma, no hurt peo­ple (maybe the occa­sion­al mos­qui­to bite here and there). I am all about the fun and the cre­ation, but we are still deal­ing with humans and we can be frag­ile. I will nev­er for­give myself if one of my part­ners got hurt on my watch. I will prob­a­bly pester him or her to see how they are doing and bring soup if possible 😛 .

Security = non negotiable

Have fun and stay safe!