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20 June 2013 19:04
PaulManuell
Photographer


How long after a model's opened your email requesting a shoot with them should you reasonably expect them to reply? How long after they've opened it and not replied should you assume they're not actually going to? What's the etiquette on sending a follow up email after they've opened but not replied to the first, asking again if they'd be interested in a shoot? Thank you.


Paul Cox is off-line
20 June 2013 21:19
paulcoxphotography
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paulcoxphotography
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Greater Manchester


If they don't reply this indicates they are not interested in working with you. Therefore unless there are particular circumstances where you think it would be helpful to send another email move on to someone else.


21 June 2013 00:27
johnlp
Photographer


Quote from paulcoxphotography
If they don't reply this indicates they are not interested in working with you. Therefore unless there are particular circumstances where you think it would be helpful to send another email move on to someone else.



Not necessarily true.  Several times I've sent follow up emails about a week after the first and shoots have resulted.  Often models are overwhelmed with emails, particularly if they are knew to modelling, and they may find it difficult sorting the wheat from the chaff.  A second email can't harm, and if the model ignores that one, you know where you stand.

Be patient.  A model I've worked with recently, regularly gets 80+ emails a DAY, from various sources.






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21 June 2013 01:16
RedChecker
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RedChecker
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Buckinghamshire
Stoke Mandeville

I've had replys a week later (paid work) even though they'd logged in several times in between.

I would never send a follow up email.
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EdT is off-line
21 June 2013 02:53
EdT
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EdT
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Cambridgeshire


Quote from PaulManuell
How long after a model's opened your email requesting a shoot with them should you reasonably expect them to reply?



Only you can decide for yourself.

Quote from PaulManuell
How long after they've opened it and not replied should you assume they're not actually going to?



That's a decision that is entirely in your hands.

Quote from PaulManuell
What's the etiquette on sending a follow up email after they've opened but not replied to the first, asking again if they'd be interested in a shoot?



There is no rule of etiquette. You must decide what is acceptable for you.


OldMaster is off-line
21 June 2013 03:10
OldMaster
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OldMaster
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Hertfordshire
Harpenden

Can't be bothered to reply...can't be bothered to work with them, because you know already this lack of manners will probably be taken to the shoot as well. Opinions may vary, but you must decide your criteria and working practices and how you judge the issue..?


Neil Anderson is off-line
21 June 2013 04:00
stolenfaces
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stolenfaces
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London
West London

People's circumstances vary enormously. There are many reasons why someone may not reply immediately.
Whether models are busy modelling, in a daytime occupation, on holiday or just busy with friends and family they are more likely to reply if your job looks a serious prospect of earning money.

If you are offering paid work, you may find that a mail which sets out clearly what you are offering may get a quicker response, or a non-response may be a clearer rejection of your offer.

Remember that reading mails on smart phones is usually a lot easier than writing a long reply, and that organised models may want to check things like transport costs/times before replying.

Personally if the model's profile suggests that she is a beginner or wannabe I would be more inclined to take the non-reply as a warning and leave it; but with an apparently experienced and well referenced model I would be more likely to try a bump e-mail.
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Pentti Pohjonen is off-lineSilver Member
21 June 2013 04:01
PHP_Photography
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PHP_Photography
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Finland
VAASA

Quote from OldMaster
Can't be bothered to reply...can't be bothered to work with them


+1


Graham is off-lineSilver Member
21 June 2013 05:43
grahamsphotography
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grahamsphotography
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West Sussex
Chichester

Quote from RedChecker
I've had replys a week later (paid work) even though they'd logged in several times in between. I would never send a follow up email.



Sometimes months for me.






21 June 2013 05:53
PaulManuell
Photographer


Quote from stolenfaces

if the model's profile suggests that she is a beginner or wannabe I would be more inclined to take the non-reply as a warning and leave it; but with an apparently experienced and well referenced model I would be more likely to try a bump e-mail.


Not sure which category she falls into tbh. She's been a member for 2 years, which suggests experience, but she hadn't logged in for 3 months until yesterday, which is when she opened my email. I'd actually sent that email back at the beginning of April. Maybe after such long inactivity she had a stack of emails waiting for her to wade through. But anyway, thank you everyone for all your replies and advice, much appreciated




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