Booking information for Amateurs / Beginners

Booking information for Amateurs / Beginners2021-04-12T19:50:31-05:00

Thank you for your inter­est in work­ing togeth­er ! Learn a lit­tle bit more about who I am in my About and how it’s like to work with me from past col­lab­o­ra­tors in my Testimonials.

You can enquire to book me for …

  • Photoshoots —port­fo­lio-build­ing, learn­ing, enjoy­ment or per­son­al projects,
  • Photo Adventures —let’s explore beau­ti­ful and unique loca­tions in Europe or abroad for a once-in-a-life­time art-mak­ing journey,
  • Mentoring (mod­els & pho­tog­ra­phers) —guid­ance with your work to real­ize your poten­tial cre­ative­ly and professionally,
  • Curatorial advice and pre­sen­ta­tion (mod­els & pho­tog­ra­phers) — edit­ing your port­fo­lio, to max­i­mize its impact on poten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tors and clients.

So, how do we work together ?

Working ethics and Terms & Conditions — FAQs

Please read care­ful­ly. This pro­tects you as much as me. The pur­pose of this doc­u­ment is to state and agree upon everyone’s rights, duties and respon­si­bil­i­ties, in advance, to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings as well as awk­ward and dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions (read this to under­stand the rea­sons).

By book­ing me for a shoot, you accept them entire­ly and with­out reserve. If you have any fur­ther ques­tions, I am hap­py to answer and clar­i­fy. Thank you for your under­stand­ing and cooperation !

Appearance, Skills & Limits

What do I mod­el ?2021 – 04-12T17:19:58 – 05:00

Genres I pose for : Portrait / Beauty-Fashion / Artistic Nude / Character-Fantasy / Dance / Yoga / Underwater

Strengths :

  • Strong and atyp­i­cal facial fea­tures and long healthy volu­mi­nous hair
  • Versatile, chameleon
  • Sensual, expres­sive and emotive
  • Flexible and imaginative/​crazy posing 
  • Hair and make-up skills — example1 / example2 — but I love achiev­ing dif­fer­ent looks with pro­fes­sion­als make­up artists and hair­styl­ists as well
  • Model wardrobe sup­plied if need­ed — a beau­ti­ful range of pho­to­genic cloth­ing, acces­sories and fabrics
  • Creative & col­lab­o­ra­tive spir­it — I am atten­tive to detail, focussed, enthu­si­as­tic and inspired

Curious about more ideas and themes ? Check my mood­boards.

What do I refuse to mod­el?2021 – 04-12T19:28:58 – 05:00

I reserve the right to not pose if I feel my secu­ri­ty, health and well­be­ing are at risk (see Shooting Safety Conditions). I also reserve the right to not pose in a way I don’t feel is in line with my work­ing styles, such as trashy glam­our and pornog­ra­phy. I also ask that the images we take are not added to any adult-ori­en­­tat­ed pay-site / mem­bers site, such as Diverxity, Bentbox, Patreon or OnlyFans to name a few. In some cas­es where con­tent is strict­ly artis­tic, I may give per­mis­sion for Patreon or OnlyFans, but please check with me first.

As a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words, I have cre­at­ed a Pinterest board con­sist­ing of styles of images and con­tent I do not mod­el for. Please take a look here : https://​www​.pin​ter​est​.ca/​m​i​n​h​l​y​m​o​d​e​l​/​s​t​y​les— i— dont— model/

What are my lim­its dur­ing a shoot ?2021 – 04-12T15:40:19 – 05:00
  • The shoot must be con­sis­tent with our agree­ment - the scope of the shoot is defined in the con­fir­ma­tion email that I send when I receive your deposit.
  • Model release/​contract — if you work with one, please send it to me before the shoot day via email or my Contact page so that I can read and approve/​refuse it. I will not sign con­tracts that I have not read in advance or that are offered on the spot.
  • I do not shoot explic­it — any pho­to show­ing my labia and but­t­hole must be deleted.
  • Please do not touch me — no mat­ter the rea­son, unless con­sent is given.
  • My legal name is nev­er to be men­tioned in con­nec­tion to my work or pho­tos. You can cred­it me as Minh-Ly only.
  • Please inform me at the time of book­ing if you: 
    • Want to use cloth­ing or props that leave marks on the skin (ropes, corsets, etc.)
    • Want me to be cov­ered in any sticky/​staining sub­stance (water, glit­ter, body paint, oil, etc.) — there must be facil­i­ties avail­able to clean up and this time will be includ­ed in the shoot­ing time.
    • Want me to pose with oth­er mod­els - while I love col­lab­o­rat­ing with fel­low mod­els, it depends on the project. My answer will not always be yes.
    • Plan on shoot­ing with oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers — so I can check their portfolio/​credentials. I will not work with some­one if I have not seen their work before­hand. If booked with mul­ti­ple shoot­ers, gen­er­al­ly I ask that those involved take turns to shoot sep­a­rate­ly, allow­ing for bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and stronger results for each photographer.
Appearance and Stats2021 – 04-12T19:36:29 – 05:00
US Europe
Height 5’5 165 cm
Weight 120 lbs 54 kg
Bust 36′‘A 92 cm
Waist 28″ 71 cm
Hips 37,5″ 95 cm
Dress size 6 (Small) 36 (Small)
Shoes 6,5 37
Hair Color Black with nat­ur­al light brown high­lights at the tips
Hair Length Long (bust level)
Eye Color Dark brown
Skin Tanned
Tattoos None
Piercings Ear lobes only
Scars Scars on the left side of my thigh and on my right but­tock (shoot­ing acci­dent).

I can part­ly cov­er them with make-up upon request or offer my retouch­ing ser­vices to erase them. I do not mind if they are removed or not in the final pictures.

Timing / Scheduling

What does my time include ?2021 – 04-12T19:38:23 – 05:00

The dura­tion of shooting/​posing starts exact­ly at the time agreed and stops after the exact num­ber of hours agreed. If I hap­pen to be late for a shoot, I will either refund the time lost or stay lat­er if I can.

When show­ing up at a shoot, my make­up and hair are already done with a pos­si­ble 5 – 10 min­utes touch-up before we start.

  • If you pro­vide a make­up artist for the shoot, I can allow an addi­tion­al hour free of charge. The same goes for a hairstylist.
  • Change of set­up, hair, make-up, cloth­ing or trav­el between loca­tions and small breaks are includ­ed in my bill­able hours (except lunch/​dinner breaks).
  • If you choose to end our shoot ear­li­er than agreed, my rates will not be prorated.
  • If you would like to extend our shoot past the agreed dura­tion, please men­tion it as soon as pos­si­ble so I can make arrangements.
Is your shoot con­firmed ?2021 – 04-12T12:55:12 – 05:00

If the shoot­ing details have been agreed upon, the deposit has been paid and I have sent the con­fir­ma­tion, then our shoot is con­firmed. If I have not writ­ten you an email explic­it­ly con­tain­ing the sen­tence “I have to can­cel your shoot”, the shoot is still on and planned, even if you don’t hear from me in the 72 h pre­ced­ing it. I may sim­ply be busy on a shoot, in tran­sit, or lack a sta­ble inter­net connection.

On short-notice queries (72h or less), please call me direct­ly at the phone num­ber writ­ten in your con­fir­ma­tion email, or at the emer­gency num­ber (my hus­band) if you get no answer. If I am unable to answer your call, I will call you back as soon as possible.

What are the best means to com­mu­ni­cate with me ?2021 – 04-12T19:40:29 – 05:00

Please allow me a 72 h delay at the least to answer your messages/​inquiries/​calls. To help me, I have my hus­band (Aurélien Pierre) who is assist­ing me with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sched­ule from time to time. Don’t be sur­prised if he answers for me.

The best means to con­tact me are (in order) :

  1. by email for gen­er­al com­mu­ni­ca­tions and inquiries,
  2. by phone/​VoIP to dis­cuss projects and ideas in detail (request a meet­ing by email),
  3. by phone/​SMS only for emer­gency con­tacts, in the last 48 h pri­or to our shoot.

Your con­fir­ma­tion email, sum­ma­rized agreed-upon con­di­tions and project, will con­tain my phone num­ber and my hus­band’s phone num­ber for emer­gency contact.

Rates

Why do I refuse TFP (time for pho­tos) / free col­lab­o­ra­tions ?2021 – 04-12T14:01:16 – 05:00

Modelling is my pro­fes­sion, my sole income and this is what I do every day.
Planning for trav­el, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with pho­tog­ra­phers, going to the shoots, antic­i­pat­ing and solv­ing logis­ti­cal issues is part of my job and can take more than 40 h/​week. As such, I can­not afford to mod­el for free even for good pictures.

Why do I ask for a deposit ?2021 – 04-12T13:53:37 – 05:00

As a pro­fes­sion­al free­lancer, I ask for deposits, which amount is fixed to 30 % of my agreed-upon rate for your shoot (cal­cu­lat­ed on a case-by-case basis depend­ing on your project). These will serve :

  • as a trea­sury advance, to cov­er the fees I have to pay ahead of your shoot (trans­porta­tion, make-up, lodg­ing, visas, trav­el insur­ances, etc.),
  • as a book­ing con­fir­ma­tion and a mutu­al moti­va­tion to hon­our our engage­ment so that our shoot will go on as planned,
  • as a penal­ty fee, retained if your shoot is can­celled lat­er than the allowed can­cel­la­tion peri­od and results in a loss of income.
What are my rates, what do they include and how are they cal­cu­lat­ed ?2021 – 04-12T19:54:28 – 05:00

My rates include :

  • Working on set,
  • Makeup, hair, styling & wardrobe,
  • Art direc­tion before and on set : brain­storm­ing, ideas devel­op­ment, cre­ative assis­tance (if needed),
  • Beginners coach­ing (if needed),
  • Travelling time and fees,
  • Communication and plan­ning time.

Please ask for my rates when request­ing to book me for a shoot. They are cal­cu­lat­ed on a per-project basis and are set to reflect the actu­al expens­es, the shoot require­ments, my time, skills and expe­ri­ence as well as the effort and care I put into each indi­vid­ual ses­sion. Upon request, I can pro­vide you with an invoice.

Keep in mind that the longer the shoot is, the low­er my hourly rate will be. I rec­om­mend book­ing at least 4h for an effec­tive and relaxed workflow.

My reg­u­lar rates apply for office hours (08:00 to 20:00). For late night and ear­ly morn­ing shoots, I charge an addi­tion­al 40 % plus taxi fares if pub­lic trans­porta­tion is not avail­able at these hours.

Can you do your own make­up, hair and styling or should I hire a spe­cial­ist ?2021 – 04-12T19:54:55 – 05:00

I love work­ing with expe­ri­enced make-up artists, hair styl­ists and cloth­ing design­ers, due to the stun­ning impact these tal­ent­ed artists can bring. However, if you’re work­ing on a bud­get, here is what I can offer :

  • Trained in basic make-up, I am able to do my make-up to a good stan­dard, from nat­ur­al to evening/​glamorous looks (most of what you see in my port­fo­lio is done by me).
  • I can do dif­fer­ent sim­ple hair­dos such as low/​high pony­tails, braids, volu­mi­nous messy hair, tight bun, big/​tight curls, and wavy hair. Additionally, I can bring with me short wigs upon request (black bob with bangs & brown pix­ie cut). Unless some­thing else is request­ed in advance, I come to shoots with my hair straight and slight­ly wavy at the tips (to smooth any poten­tial split ends).
  • I have a vast, diverse and care­ful­ly cho­sen col­lec­tion of pho­to­genic out­fits & acces­sories. My per­son­al taste is eclec­tic/­­colour­­ful/fem­i­nine/busi­­ness­­wom­­an/an­­drog­y­­nous/bo­hemi­an/chic-glamourous/Asian-inspired. I can pro­vide lots of sets and pieces in dif­fer­ent styles for shoots, includ­ing casu­al fash­ion, beau­ti­ful cock­tails and evening dress­es, corsets, lux­u­ri­ous lin­gerie, diaphanous and flow­ing tops, skirts and dress­es, tra­di­tion­al Vietnamese and Hanfu Chinese dress­es, coloured fab­rics, ver­sa­tile or state­ment jew­el­ry and loads more. I have a habit of bring­ing too much, so you will be spoiled for choice.

Cancellation policy

What is my can­cel­la­tion pol­i­cy ?2021 – 04-12T19:17:55 – 05:00

I under­stand that unex­pect­ed things may occur, and I will do my best to work with you to adjust to these unex­pect­ed events. If an alter­na­tive time or date is not pos­si­ble in the next 6 months, my can­cel­la­tion pol­i­cy applies.

Cancellation fees in Nancy-Metz area (North-East of France)
  • from 48 h notice or more notice: free of charge, deposit refund­ed in full,
  • between 24 h and 48 h notice: 30 % deposit non-refundable,
  • less than 24 h notice: pay­ment due in full (deposit + remainder).
Cancellation fees worldwide (except North-East of France)
  • from 14 days notice or more notice: free of charge, deposit refund­ed in full,
  • between 72 h and 14 days notice: 30 % deposit non-refundable,
  • less than 72 h notice: pay­ment due in full (deposit + remainder).

In the unlike­ly event that I can­cel, the deposit will be returned.

Covid-19 spe­cial conditions

For shoots booked that should be can­celled due to gov­ern­ment mea­sures such as con­fine­ment or lock-down, the fol­low­ing con­di­tions apply :

  • if I am already in your city/​region (I have already paid for the trip, I am there and need to pay the return trip), deposits will be part­ly refund­ed. I will keep just enough to cov­er trav­el­ling fees back and forth, split the amount between all the pho­tog­ra­phers’ deposits in that city, and refund the rest,
  • if I am still at home (the trip is not already paid), deposits will be ful­ly refund­ed, no ques­tion asked.
Shooting safe­ty con­di­tions2021 – 04-12T20:00:31 – 05:00

All these are com­mon sense for most peo­ple but have already been vio­lat­ed at some point in my career (read some exam­ples below), result­ing in injuries and dam­ages (see my scars). These terms are con­trac­tu­al. Failure to com­ply with these con­di­tions falls into my right of withdrawal.

General principle

During a shoot, a mod­el some­times has her eyes closed for some expres­sions and usu­al­ly has lim­it­ed vis­i­bil­i­ty on the sur­round­ings. The pho­tog­ra­ph­er is there­fore trust­ed and expect­ed to pro­vide a safe work­ing envi­ron­ment, keep­ing in mind pos­ing is a phys­i­cal activ­i­ty on the edge of dance and acro­bat­ics, and may result in seri­ous and per­ma­nent injuries in case of falls or gear failures.

Nude shoots
  • Temperatures must be warmer than 15°C/60°F (indoors or out­doors) or heat­ed facil­i­ties (tents, heat­ing blan­kets, heat­ed car or room etc.) should be pro­vid­ed with reg­u­lar breaks dur­ing the shoot, to keep a safe body temperature,
  • Any nude shoot must hap­pen in rea­son­ably pri­vate loca­tions (no audi­ence, crowd­ed touris­tic areas, peep­ers, etc.),
  • No sting­ing plants (poi­son ivy, sting­ing net­tles, etc.) or dan­ger­ous, cut­ting or per­fo­rat­ing mate­ri­als (bro­ken glass, razor wire, syringes, pulled rebar, etc.) should be in the area of the shoot­ing location.
Urbex
  • The pho­tog­ra­ph­er must have explic­it (writ­ten) autho­riza­tion from the place own­er or man­ag­er to shoot there. I will not engage in pri­vate prop­er­ty tres­pass­ing or any ille­gal activity,
  • The shoot­ing loca­tion must be rea­son­ably safe.

*I already went through a rot­ten floor in an aban­doned burned house once (no kidding).

Outdoors shoots
  • Local pho­tog­ra­phers are respon­si­ble for check­ing weath­er reports, espe­cial­ly regard­ing weath­er events spe­cif­ic to their region (that might be unknown to the mod­el), and take appro­pri­ate safe­ty mea­sures. This includes storms, tides, and any oth­er pos­si­bly harm­ful weath­er event that does not reg­u­lar­ly hap­pen in west­ern tem­per­ate countries,
  • Local pho­tog­ra­phers are expect­ed to pro­vide any rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion about the pos­si­ble harm­ful threats in the area of the shoot, such as the pres­ence of aggres­sive, bit­ing, sting­ing, ven­omous or oth­er­ly dan­ger­ous ani­mals and par­a­sites (ticks, mos­qui­tos, urchins, croc­o­diles, snakes, jel­ly­fish­es, spi­ders, etc.), as soon as pos­si­ble in order to pack prop­er first-aid and repel­lent equipment.

*My most recent scars hap­pened on an out­door shoot near the sea. The pho­tog­ra­ph­er did­n’t inform me it was the equinox and so a vio­lent huge wave quick­ly crashed me to a wall of rocks I was pos­ing on, 6 – 7m away from the water. It result­ed in me using my right of with­draw­al, like­ly per­ma­nent scar­ring and 3 weeks of unable to walk prop­er­ly and work.

Props and rigging
  • Shooting props and rig­ging appa­ra­tus intend­ed to sup­port the mod­el body away from the ground dur­ing the shoot, such as cubes, plat­forms, podi­ums, aer­i­al silk rig­ging, anchor­ing points, etc. must be installed, checked and approved by pro­fes­sion­als, as well as prop­er­ly and reg­u­lar­ly main­tained and ser­viced. Photographers will be held account­able for injuries caused by the fail­ure of their gear and will be asked to demon­strate that any rig­ging appa­ra­tus can sus­tain their own body weight

*I already went through a bar­rel once because the pho­tog­ra­ph­er did­n’t ver­i­fy the solid­i­ty of the lid before let­ting me pose on it.

Exceptions
  • Temperatures below 15°C/60°F — Shooting under these weath­er will be con­sid­ered only if you pro­vide a warm shel­ter, hot bev­er­ages and blan­kets imme­di­ate­ly on the set, and I reserve the right to can­cel or con­clude pho­tog­ra­phy depend­ing on weath­er conditions.
Right of withdrawal

I reserve the right to leave the shoot at any time and claim my rates paid in full if :

  • the actu­al shoot does not cor­re­spond to the ini­tial­ly agreed upon project, for exam­ple (but not lim­it­ed to) : 
    • if I dis­cov­er last minute that I am to pose with anoth­er mod­el or for anoth­er pho­tog­ra­ph­er (or a group) with­out pri­or notice,
    • if the pho­tog­ra­ph­er tries to sneak his way into switch­ing the theme of the shoot from art nude to erotic/​pornographic material.
  • my secu­ri­ty is endan­gered, for exam­ple (but not lim­it­ed to) : 
    • if I dis­cov­er that the shoot­ing loca­tion is not safe (dan­ger­ous wild ani­mals, risks of drown­ing, falling or any oth­er injury),
    • if I am asked to do ille­gal pub­lic nudi­ty, prop­er­ty tres­pass­ing, etc.
    • if the loca­tion to shoot nudes is in crowd­ed venues and in plain sight,
    • if any mem­ber of the shoot­ing team dis­plays any inap­pro­pri­ate behav­iour towards me (attempt to kiss me, touch me with­out con­sent, get­ting me drunk, etc.).