Working with me

Working with me2020-11-18T16:01:28-05:00

Enquire to book me for

  • Photoshoots — spe­cif­ic projects or just for enjoyment
  • Workshops, Classes & Events - for a patient, knowl­edge­able, expe­ri­enced and adapt­able model
  • Photo Adventures - let’s explore beau­ti­ful and unique loca­tions in Europe or abroad
  • Mentoring — for help­ing mod­els and pho­tog­ra­phers of any lev­el to real­ize their cre­ative poten­tial based on their inter­ests and per­son­al strengths

How do I work ?

I am an organ­ic and intu­itive pos­er. I grasp con­cepts very quick­ly and have a gen­er­al idea on how the pose will look on cam­era. My best work is not when I ”strike a pose”, but rather when I flow through a move­ment which the pho­tog­ra­ph­er can then capture.

However, feel free to add small cor­rec­tions if you think it would per­fect the image. I take direc­tions eas­i­ly. If you are unsure, it could be a good idea to show me the image.

How long to book ?

Booking at least 4 h is strong­ly rec­om­mend­ed, as it allows us a more relaxed work­flow and gives us the time to build up a visu­al project.

I also don’t take book­ings over 6 hours when I am tour­ing, with a few excep­tions (for exam­ple if we are vis­it­ing mul­ti­ple loca­tions). This guar­an­tees that I will stay focused and rest­ed so we can get the best results possible.

If you would be inter­est­ed in book­ing me on a shoot­ing trip abroad, I give mas­sive dis­counts for 3 days+ or week long pho­tog­ra­phy trips.

Are you a beginner ?

If you are a begin­ner, don’t be shy and just say so ! I accept book­ings from both pro­fes­sion­als and hob­by­ists.

For those who would like to learn more and improve their skills, I offer men­tor­ing.

You would like to work together, but don’t have a concept yet ?

If that’s the case, don’t wor­ry, sim­ply inquire me.

We will dis­cuss ini­tial inspi­ra­tions, inter­ests and ideas and refin­ing them until it is ready to be tak­en to our shoot !

How to book a session with me ?

* The deposit can be paid using IBAN/SEPA trans­fer, Revolut, Interac e‑transfer (Canada) or Transferwise. Paypal and Stripe are also pos­si­ble with an addi­tion­al 5% fee. The remain­der of my rates can be paid the same way or in cash at the end of the shoot.

Covid-19 spe­cial conditions

I keep trav­el­ing in near­by Europe, accord­ing to states reg­u­la­tions and in respect of safe­ty mea­sures. I trav­el by car with my hus­band, avoid­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion, city cen­ters and crowd­ed places, such that we are in con­tact with no more than 15 per­sons each week. We get test­ed for Covid-19 after each trip, and results went always neg­a­tive so far.

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 already paid for the trip, I am there and need to pay the trip back home), deposits will be part­ly refund­ed. I will keep just enough to cov­er trav­el­ing 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.

Terms and Conditions – FAQ

These terms are con­trac­tu­al. The pur­pose of this doc­u­ment is to state (and agree upon) every­one’s rights, duties and respon­si­bil­i­ties, in advance, to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings and painful sit­u­a­tions. This pro­tects you as much as me, and it has been made manda­to­ry by pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ences (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 if need be.

Thank you for your under­stand­ing and I look for­ward to work­ing with you !

Do you pro­vide make­up, hair and styling ?2020 – 11-18T15:35:38 – 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, I am trained in basic make-up and can enhance my look well with nat­ur­al or more intense looks.

As for my hair, I can do sim­ple hair­dos such as : low/​high pony­tail, braids, volu­mi­nous messy hair and tight bun. I can bring with me as well as short wigs.

I also have a var­ied and care­ful­ly cho­sen col­lec­tion of pho­to­genic out­fits & acces­sories I can bring to shoots if need­ed, from clas­sic pieces to eclec­tic and colour­ful wardrobe. This includes : mod­ern out­fits (Zara inspired) which can be styled into boho chic, classy casu­al or glam rock/​punk, business/​power woman sets, beau­ti­ful cock­tails and evening dress­es, bespoke corsetry, lux­u­ri­ous lin­gerie, flow­ing skirts and dress­es, tra­di­tion­al Vietnamese and Hanfu Chinese dress­es, coloured fab­rics, ver­sa­tile or state­ment jew­el­ry and loads more. I usu­al­ly come packed with a medi­um-size suit­case filled with styling accord­ing to the con­cepts we agreed on.

Example on how to inquire about a shoot2020 – 08-18T07:43:02 – 05:00

Hello Minh-Ly,

My name is Michel and I am a semi-pro­fes­­sion­al por­trait pho­tog­ra­ph­er based in Nancy, France. You can see my full port­fo­lio on my web­site: http://​www​.michel​-com​tois​-pho​tog​ra​phy​.com.

I am writ­ing to inquire about hir­ing you for a shoot. I own a stu­dio in the cen­ter of Nancy (address X) and I am look­ing to shoot a mix of sim­ple por­trait and con­cep­tu­al por­trait images with var­i­ous light set­tings and looks on a week­end after­noon or ear­ly evening. I am hop­ing you could pro­vide some casu­al out­fits and some Asian-style wardrobe, as well as your own hair and make­up (sim­ple nat­ur­al beau­ty make­up with a punch to the eyes and loose hair). I am includ­ing a link to a mood board so you can see the gen­er­al feel I am after: short​url​.at/​C​G​MY0

If you could let me know your rates as well as your avail­abil­i­ties for the next sev­er­al months, that would be great. I am look­ing to book for half-day most likely.

Looking for­ward to cre­at­ing with you,

Michel Comtois

Is your shoot con­firmed ?2020 – 10-30T20:01:40 – 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 under­stand that some pho­tog­ra­phers have had bad expe­ri­ences with mod­els not show­ing up for a shoot and need sev­er­al con­fir­ma­tions, the week before, the day before, and then the same day, but I can reas­sure you that I will be present at the agreed time and loca­tion (feel free to check my tes­ti­mo­ni­als or ask around for references).

On short-notice queries (72h or less), if I do not reply, I may sim­ply be busy on a shoot, in tran­sit, or lack a sta­ble inter­net con­nec­tion, in which case, 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.

Mentoring ser­vices2020 – 08-21T16:47:59 – 05:00

Photographers and Models are able to hire me for 1:1 men­tor­ing.

Mentoring may include:

  • Basics of pho­to­shoot ethics and etiquette
  • Basics of cre­ative collaboration
  • Portfolio, web­site and social media review
  • How to direct your mod­el | Photographers
  • Posing tech­niques and tips | Models

Additionally, as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, if you are new to work­ing with mod­els and you are a bit ner­vous, here are some easy-to-read ebooks about the sub­ject: How to work with mod­els — A mod­el’s guide for pho­tog­ra­phers and In Front of the Lens.

Moodboards for ideas2020 – 11-18T15:50:37 – 05:00

Here are some themes I real­ly enjoy :

Creative beau­ty, edi­to­r­i­al, portraits
Emotive por­traits, raw, expres­sive styles
Fashion (casu­al chic, boho, glam rock, etc.)
Androgynous, tomboy
Avant-garde fash­ion and fash­ion nudes
Film noir, Hollywood era, Femme fatale
Experimental, weird, quirky, surrealism
Underwater, oth­er­word­ly and ethereal
Fantasy, Asian myths and legends
Hommage to Vietnamese culture
Sculptural stu­dio nudes, abstracts or geo­met­ric forms, bodyscapes
Human form in the land­scape, drone
Dance (con­tem­po­rary, K‑Pop, fla­men­co, etc.)
Yoga
Collaborative pho­to­shoots in duo/​group
Or even with animals !
Artistic shibari
What are my body mea­sure­ments & cur­rent looks ?2020 – 11-18T16:25:54 – 05:00
US (lbs/​inches) Europe (kg/​cm)
Height 5’5 165 cm
Weight 120 54kg
Bust 36′‘B 92 cm
Waist 28″ 71 cm
Hips 37,5″ 95 cm
Dress size 6 (Small) 36
Shoes 6,5 37
Hair Color Black with light brown high­lights at the bottom
Hair Length Long (bust level)
Eye Color Dark brown
Skin Tanned
Tattoos None
Piercings Ear lobes only
What are my lim­its dur­ing a shoot ?2020 – 09-04T08:55:15 – 05:00
  • The shoot must be what was dis­cussed in our pri­or com­mu­ni­ca­tion - don’t hes­i­tate to check with me before­hand if I am ok with what­ev­er project. The scope of the shoot is defined in the con­fir­ma­tion email I send upon receipt of the deposit.
  • I do not shoot explic­it — An acci­den­tal pho­to (show­ing my labia and but­t­hole) must be deleted.
  • Please do not touch me — no mat­ter the rea­son, unless con­sent is given.
  • Weather — If this is a nude shoot, tem­per­a­tures must be warmer than 15°C/60°F (indoors or outdoors).
  • Privacy — any nude shoot must hap­pen in rea­son­ably pri­vate locations.
  • 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.) — so I can ensure you are the last shoot of the day and avoid show­ing up with marks on my next assignment.
    • Want me to be cov­ered in of any sticky/​staining sub­stance (water, glit­ter, body paint, oil, etc.) — there must be facil­i­ties avail­able to clean up, and suf­fi­cient time to do so must be allot­ted (with­in my bill­able hours).
    • Want me to pose with oth­er mod­els - I am very selec­tive in this regard so my answer will not always be yes.
    • Plan on shoot­ing with oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers — so I can check their portfolio/​credentials. 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.
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 if the expo­sure to cold­ness is very lim­it­ed in time.
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.).
What are the best means to com­mu­ni­cate with me ?2020 – 11-19T06:47:53 – 05:00

As my pri­ma­ry role is to be in front of a pho­tog­ra­pher’s lens, when I am work­ing or trav­el­ing, I gen­er­al­ly have lit­tle time between assign­ments and com­mut­ing. Therefore please allow me a 72 h delay at the least to answer your messages/​inquiries/​calls.

To help me, I also have my hus­band (Aurélien Pierre) to assist 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 (my num­ber will be pro­vid­ed in the shoot con­fir­ma­tion email).

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

What do I mod­el ?2020 – 11-18T15:53:40 – 05:00
  • Acting / Conceptual,
  • Artistic nudes,
  • Bodypaint,
  • Beauty / Editorial / Fashion / Hair / Lifestyle,
  • Dance / Movement / Yoga,
  • Fetish / Shibari (very selec­tive­ly. Do not expect to shoot this style with me if we have not dis­cussed in correspondence)
  • Live mod­el­ing,
  • Portrait,
  • Underwater (so far, I have mod­elled around 10 under­wa­ter shoots in pools. I am con­fi­dent and relaxed to pose grace­ful­ly underwater).

I am hap­py work­ing with a team of cre­atives or one-on-one, in stu­dios, inte­ri­ors or out­door loca­tions.

Within the gen­res I mod­el, I enjoy both the adorned and the unclothed, as I think each can be pow­er­ful in their own way in mak­ing time­less imagery.
In fash­ion and beau­ty, I love the mix­ing of colour palettes, var­i­ous shapes, con­trast­ing tex­tures and trans­for­ma­tive effects of out­fits, make-up, hair & styling. I am able to embody entire­ly dif­fer­ent per­sonas, moods, or char­ac­ters in sto­ries tran­scend­ing time, age and cul­ture.
Equally, I feel very hap­py to use my nude self for cre­ativ­i­ty. Whether it is cel­e­brat­ing the beau­ty and form of the body or cre­at­ing imagery explor­ing the inter­ac­tion between the human fig­ure and spir­it with­in the envi­ron­ment, be it nat­ur­al, man-made or metaphorical.

Need some inspi­ra­tion ? Check my mood­boards for ideas.

What do I refuse to mod­el?2020 – 11-18T16:03:05 – 05:00

My inter­est lie in cre­at­ing artis­tic imagery. I reserve the right to not pose in a way I don’t feel is in line with my work­ing style or if I feel my health and well­be­ing are at risk. Be aware, I do not shoot any trashy glam­our, adult styles, or paysite work (PornHub, Diverxity, Bentbox, etc.).

In addi­tion, I have cre­at­ed an anti-Pinterest mood­board con­sist­ing of styles of images 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​l​e​s​— i​— d​o​n​t​— model/

If you require fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion of my bound­aries, don’t hes­i­tate to ask.

What do my rates include and how are they cal­cu­lat­ed ?2020 – 10-12T06:44:03 – 05:00

My rates include :

  • Working on set,
  • Makeup (pro­fes­sion­al cosmetics),
  • Hair,
  • Styling & wardrobe,
  • Art direc­tion and begin­ners coach­ing (if needed),
  • Traveling time and fees,
  • Communication and plan­ning time.

When request­ing to book me for a shoot, please ask for my rates. I don’t have flat rates, they are cal­cu­lat­ed exact­ly on a per-project basis, tak­ing into account the actu­al expens­es, shoot require­ments and work­ing time engaged for each project.

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.

What do peo­ple say about me ?2020 – 12-02T00:54:22 – 05:00

Throughout my career, many artists have booked me sev­er­al times because they know when work­ing with me, they are guar­an­teed to not only get bril­liant and dif­fer­ent results on each ses­sion, but also a great expe­ri­ence in general.

I per­son­al­ly wish to thank all the won­der­ful artists I had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with over the past years and I look for­ward to meet­ing many more.

Working with the gor­geous and unique Minh-Ly is a pre­cious expe­ri­ence. As she is quite cre­ative, the ener­gy trans­forms into suc­cess­ful sets and cap­tures that are authen­tic, artis­tic and touch­ing. She’s a mod­el with high­est stan­dards, a true artist and a per­son­al­i­ty that sim­ply goes way beyond the norm.

Highly rec­om­mend Minh-Ly to pho­tog­ra­phers who are into the arts and look for qual­i­ty and creativity.

So hap­py that there are mod­els like you, thank you Minh-Ly.

Mattu Photography, Photographer | Switzerland

Can’t say enough good things about Minh-Ly. She was con­stant­ly in con­tact before, dur­ing and after the shoot. Beautiful, Professional, Friendly, Punctual, Hard Working, Cooperative, Helpful, and all-around Charming. 

Worth every sec­ond of my time and effort.

Terry Lacey, Photographer | Canada

If you’re look­ing for one of the best then this is her! A ver­sa­tile, emo­tion­al and high­ly intel­li­gent mod­el, Minh-Ly con­stant­ly rein­vents her­self. Always pre­pared, always mor­ph­ing dur­ing a shoot: it is an hon­our to wit­ness her pre­sen­ta­tion of my art. With just a few words, Minh-Ly will absorb a con­cept and then ele­vate it to even high­er lev­els of beau­ty. This lady has an open invi­ta­tion to my ser­vices, any time and always!

Skin Detailz, Art Director / Bodypainter / Makeup-Artist / Stylist | Canada

Minh-Ly is pure genius. What a plea­sure to have worked with a true pro­fes­sion­al, from start to fin­ish. Very ver­sa­tile and skill­ful at achiev­ing all the con­cepts I asked of her. As the pos­ing was chore­o­graphed to achieve the desired light­ing effect, Minh-Ly was very patient and skill­ful with micro move­ments to get the desired effect. She has beau­ti­ful fea­tures and a unique appeal for me to achieve a cool folio of images. It is always a plea­sure to work with a mod­el who loves her work and always strives to work in har­mo­ny with con­cepts a pho­tog­ra­ph­er wants to achieve. We were both on the same wave­length and I loved the results. Minh-Ly comes high­ly rec­om­mend­ed by me, and I hope to work with her in the near future.

Seamus Costelloe, Photographer / Workshop Organizer | Ireland

Minh-Ly is my per­son­al inspi­ra­tion. We have worked togeth­er fre­quent­ly and I brag to our mutu­al con­tacts (and her future clients) that she could mod­el a shoelace for hours if you asked her. Sure enough, some­one final­ly did and appar­ent­ly she rocked it — I’m not sur­prised. Minh-Ly has an insane queue of pos­es in her mind at all times. She is an ever­last­ing inspi­ra­tion. Not only will she help you cre­ate images you could­n’t think of, her ambi­tion, work eth­ic, per­son­al­i­ty, and gen­er­al per­son­hood will dri­ve you to cre­ate oth­er images you nev­er dreamed you would.

I high­ly rec­om­mend hir­ing her or even meet­ing her (if you’re lucky enough to steal an hour of her valu­able time). She is prob­a­bly the only per­son — that I can say with absolute cer­tain­ty — is one in a million.

Starla, Model / Model Scout & Coach | Canada
More cred­its on Model Mayhem
More ref­er­ences on PurplePort
What does my time include ?2020 – 10-30T20:02:55 – 05:00

The dura­tion of shooting/​posing starts exact­ly at the time agreed and stops after the exact num­ber of hours agreed. Out of respect for my next clients, I gen­er­al­ly can­not stretch the shoot­ing ses­sions past the agreed amount of time with­out pri­or notice. 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 on the shoot, I can allow an addi­tion­al 45 min­utes free of charge.
  • Change of set­up, hair, make-up, cloth­ing or trav­el between loca­tions is includ­ed in my bill­able hours.
  • 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 (at least 48h in advance) so I can make arrangements.
What is my can­cel­la­tion pol­i­cy ?2020 – 06-08T03:11:13 – 05:00

I under­stand that unex­pect­ed things may occur, and I will do my best to accom­mo­date any changes. If a change or a post­pone­ment is not pos­si­ble, my can­cel­la­tion pol­i­cy applies.

Cancellation fees in Nancy-Metz (North-East of France) area
  • from 48 h notice and above : free of charge, deposit refund­ed in full,
  • between 24 h and 48 h notice : 30 % deposit not refunded,
  • less than 24 h notice : pay­ment due in full (deposit + remainder).
Cancellation fees worldwide (except North-East of France)
  • from 14 days notice and above: free of charge, deposit refund­ed in full,
  • between 72 h and 14 days notice: 30 % deposit not refunded,
  • less than 72 h notice: pay­ment due in full (deposit + remainder).

In the unlike­ly event that I can­cel, the deposit will be returned and any stu­dio fees will be cov­ered by me.

What lan­guages do I speak ?2020 – 11-05T13:53:17 – 05:00

French is my native lan­guage, and I am flu­ent in English.

Why do I ask for a deposit ?2020 – 11-05T16:23:00 – 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 case-by-case basis depend­ing on your project, please ask for a quote). These will serve :

  • as an advance of trea­sury, 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 hon­or 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 (see Booking & Communicating -> What is my can­cel­la­tion pol­i­cy ?) and results in a loss of income.
Why do I refuse TFP (time for photos)/free col­lab­o­ra­tions ?2020 – 03-04T08:38:26 – 05:00

Modelling is my pro­fes­sion and my sole income.
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.

Traveling area

My local, reg­u­lar, trav­el­ling area encom­pass­es Nancy, Metz, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Saarbrücken.

I also have a valid pass­port and trav­el reg­u­lar­ly to Paris and main­land Europe, and once a year to Canada.