Today, I was on my way to do a photoshoot for a customer. She was doing a calendar for her boyfriend stationed overseas. She called 20 minutes before I was supposed to be there to ask if she could delay an hour. I agreed, and she seemed genuinely excited. I waited, and drove, nearly 15 miles away from where I was, and literally MINUTES from the location of the shoot, her friend called me and told me that her boyfriend, the one overseas, had called to BREAK UP with her and she had to cancel. So, now, I understand this girl doesn't want to make a calendar for someone who just broke up with her - but wtf? I am OUT gas/time/ energy. I was supposed to go out with my wife today, but switched around my plans so I could go to this photoshoot for this girl today. This is the... 4thcancelation on me out of my last 7. I don't know what to do. Up until this point I've been very open and let people pay when I get there, I am not a huge "pro" I sort of just do this semi-pro on the side, but its getting to the point where I am going to need to ask 1/2 up front! Anyone else go through this? Anyone think me asking for a non refundable deposit of 25 dollars or half the entire shoot at least 72 hours in advance is unreasonable? Any OTHER suggestions? Thanks, Ryan - Sad because I didn't take any pics today!