Working with me

Working with me2020-10-13T06:01:43-05:00

Thank you for your inter­est in work­ing with me! I am very lucky to be in a cre­ative­ly ful­fill­ing field, but in order to pro­vide for myself and to be able to con­tin­ue mod­el­ling full-time, there also has to be a busi­ness side to my work. I real­ize that this infor­ma­tion may be off-putting to some, but it is impor­tant to clar­i­fy these points before­hand in order for every­thing to go smooth­ly and to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings.

Enquire to book me for

  • Photoshoots — spe­cif­ic projects or just for enjoy­ment
  • Workshops, Classes & Events - for a patient, knowl­edge­able and adapt­able mod­el for your events
  • Photo Adventures - let’s explore beau­ti­ful and unique loca­tions in Europe or abroad
  • 1:1 Mentoring — for help­ing mod­els and pho­tog­ra­phers of any lev­el, and shar­ing per­spec­tives in cre­at­ing great work

How do I work ?

I like to work in a col­lab­o­ra­tive way, shar­ing ideas and cre­ative invest­ment with the pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

With my expe­ri­ence both as a mod­el and as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, my crazy ideas and my back­ground in fash­ion design and make­up, and under­stand­ing of dance and the­ater arts, I can help you build up a visu­al world where we can both express our­selves.

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.

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. Please send me a mes­sage to dis­cuss full infor­ma­tion, pos­si­bil­i­ties & sched­ule.

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.

My hus­band can also assist you with the light­ing and shoot­ing tech­nics when he trav­els with me.

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

How to book 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. Sorry for the legal big words, but this is my job, I depend on it and 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. Thank you for your under­stand­ing and coop­er­a­tion !

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

How to com­mu­ni­cate with me ?2020 – 10-13T05:59:54 – 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 a per­son­al assis­tant (Elsa Thompson) and my hus­band (Aurélien Pierre) to assist me with com­mu­ni­ca­tions and sched­ules, don’t be sur­prised if they answer 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, sum­ma­riz­ing the agreed-upon con­di­tions and project, will con­tain my phone num­ber and my hus­band’s phone num­ber for emer­gency con­tact.

Is your shoot con­firmed ?2020 – 10-12T06:32:57 – 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.

What are my body mea­sure­ments & stats ?2020 – 08-15T06:10:52 – 05:00
Height 5’5 | 165 cm
Weight 120 lbs | 54 kg
Bust CA-UK 36B | EU 80B | FR 95B | 92 cm
Waist 28″ | 71 cm
Hips 37,5″ | 95 cm
Dress S to M | FR 36 | CA 4 – 6 | UK 8
Shoe CA 6.5 | EU 37 | UK 4
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 styles & con­tent I refuse to par­tic­i­pate in ?2020 – 09-04T09:01:33 – 05:00

My pas­sion and 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. Please use my port­fo­lio as a guide to my com­fort lev­els and if you require fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion of my bound­aries, don’t hes­i­tate to ask.

  • Adult and porno­graph­ic styles, striptease and mas­tur­ba­tion
  • Glamour and pin-up (pic­tures focus­ing on charm and seduc­tion)
  • Hustler/​Playboy/​Penthouse/​Femjoy/​Metart and sim­i­lar images
  • Schoolgirl fan­ta­sy and sexy cos­play
  • Images show­ing my gen­i­tals (labia and but­t­hole)
  • Objectifying and sex­ist con­tent
  • Offensive, sac­ri­le­gious and vio­lent type of con­tent
  • Content for per­son­al col­lec­tions and porno­graph­ic and glam­our paysite/​membership web­sites (ex: Pornhub, Bentbox, Diverxity)

I have cre­at­ed an anti-Pinterest mood­board con­sist­ing of styles I wish to avoid. 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​— m​o​d​el/​

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 does my time include ?2020 – 09-04T08:39:55 – 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 5min 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 gen­res do I mod­el ?2020 – 10-25T06:19:47 – 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).

Need some inspi­ra­tion? Here are some themes I real­ly enjoy:

Creative beau­ty, edi­to­r­i­al, por­traits
Emotive por­traits, raw, expres­sive styles
Avant-garde fash­ion and fash­ion nudes
Experimental, weird, quirky, sur­re­al­ism
Credits: Irving Klaw reprint of a John Willie pic of Holly, dada22, Anja Stiegler, Justin Peters, The Connor Brothers, Sara Byrne, Mikeila Borgia
Film noir, Hollywood era, Femme fatale
Credits: Lindsay Adler, N/A, Rocky Schenck, Lizabeth in movie Pitfall, Ava Gardner by N/A, N/A
Fantasy, Asian myths and leg­ends
Credits: Lucy Liu from Kill Bill vol.1, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, From Live Action movie Mulan
Hommage to Vietnamese cul­ture
Great mas­ter painters clas­si­cism or with a twist (Klimt, Degas, Rembrandt, etc.)
Credits: Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Edgar Degas, Vicento Romero, Gustav Klimt
Sculptural stu­dio nudes, abstracts or geo­met­ric forms, bodyscapes
Human form in the land­scape, drone
Urbex, derelict places
Credits: Jason Albus, Tim Pile, Tim Pile, Waldemar Zagorski
Dance
Credits: N/A, N/A, N/A, Craig Stidmans, N/A
Yoga
Credits: N/A, N/A, Nude Yoga Girl, N/A, Nude Yoga Girl
Collaborative pho­to­shoots in duo/​group
Or even with ani­mals !
Artistic shibari
Credits: N/A, N/A, Hajime Kinoko, Garth Knight, Gorchart
Underwater, oth­er­word­ly and ethe­re­al

Non cred­it­ed images (N/A) were found on Pinterest. If you know the authors, please let me know so I can prop­er­ly give them cred­its.

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 – 02-19T13:49:54 – 05:00

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

Why do I ask for a deposit ?2020 – 10-12T08:39:34 – 05:00

Over the past few years, in some coun­tries, a bad habit of book­ing appoint­ments and not show­ing up (or can­celling last minute) has been tak­en, from restau­rant reser­va­tions to med­ical appoint­ments. This is very dam­ag­ing for small busi­ness­es since their work­ing expens­es and over­head is usu­al­ly inde­pen­dent from the num­ber of clients they actu­al­ly serve, yet their income is direct­ly linked to that num­ber. A book­ing is a promise that a pro­fes­sion­al will clear his sched­ule to work only for you in the said amount of hours, refus­ing every­one else. Thus book­ing and not show­ing up is rip­ping off a pro­fes­sion­al of some work­ing hours, and final­ly of a deserved income, while work­ing expens­es keep run­ning.

Therefore 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, etc.),
  • as a book­ing con­fir­ma­tion and a moti­va­tion for some to hon­or their engage­ment and not flake for futile rea­sons,
  • as a penal­ty fee, retained if your shoot is can­celled lat­er than the allowed can­cel­la­tion peri­od (see Booking & Planning -> What is my can­cel­la­tion pol­i­cy ?) and results in a loss of income.

For exam­ple, when I come to a city where 5 shoots have been planned, the cost of the trans­porta­tion from and to that city is split in 5 between the pho­tog­ra­phers. If any of them can­cel the day before, I am not just loos­ing my work­ing time (hence income), I am also tak­ing into my salary to cov­er the work­ing expens­es (hence pay­ing from my own mon­ey) and that is not sus­tain­able. The deposit ensures at least expens­es are cov­ered no mat­ter what.

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.