I was out at Lake Lavon a couple weeks ago with a local burlesque dancer, Tequila Mockingbird. She was an absolute blast to work with. Nailed all of her looks; responded really well to direction; and was an absolute trooper with the weather. You can't tell but the temperature dropped to the low 50s about halfway through the shoot. With the wind gusting at to 30mph it wasn't the most pleasant conditions for a model in corset and sheer leggings. Tequila didn't complain once, though. Seriously, she stuck with it till we lost the light.
It really reinforces how important prepping is. Not just checking the equipment and making sure everything is working properly (which is incredibly important, obviously), but taking the time to visit a location several times before a shoot so you're not wandering around looking for something interesting while your model is shivering to death. I've been out to Lake Lavon for about seven or eight shoots at this point and I'm still discovering new spots; new angles; new areas to explore. I couldn't imagine being out there for the first time trying to engage with my model, direct her through a shoot, and find locations that are not only going to be flattering, but also reflect the right mood and atmosphere of the project.
Unless the purpose of my shoot is to show up to a location fresh, unfamiliar, and unexposed to it, I prefer going out a week or two ahead of time and spending the day on-site with me, myself, and my camera. No pressure. No expectations. Just an intimate opportunity to explore a new part of the world.