Email replies....... or not, as the case is.

Email replies....... or not, as the case is.

23 posts
20 June 2013
PaulManuell
Photographer
PaulManuell
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.

Posted 21 June 2013
paulcoxphotography
Photographer
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.

Posted 21 June 2013
johnlp
Photographer
johnlp
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.




Posted 21 June 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
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.

Posted 21 June 2013
EdT
Photographer
EdT
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.
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.
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.
Posted 21 June 2013
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
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..?

Posted 21 June 2013
stolenfaces
Photographer
stolenfaces
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.


Posted 21 June 2013
PHP_Photography
Photographer
PHP_Photography
OldMaster

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

+1
Posted 21 June 2013
grahamsphotography
Photographer
grahamsphotography
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.




Posted 21 June 2013
PaulManuell
Photographer
PaulManuell
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
Posted 21 June 2013
RupertRudd
Photographer
RupertRudd
The ones that really give me the pip is when you have responded to their casting call and they cannot muster a reply to what was their invitation. Plain bad manners.

Posted 21 June 2013
paulgregory
Photographer
paulgregory
RupertRudd

The ones that really give me the pip is when you have responded to their casting call and they cannot muster a reply to what was their invitation. Plain bad manners.


Well said totally agree

Posted 21 June 2013
Honesty
Model
Honesty
I'd say a week from opening tops (notification may be turned off) Sometimes I need to think before replying, look at port maybe contact models but in most cases a week is enough. Any more and it's a no go. As far as I know ive replied to everyone thats ever contacted me. But life often gets in the way. Also bear in mind the msg limitations sometimes I've spent 3 days replying to everyone in order but running out of msgs happens. Especially if people fire off replies to replies immediately. If I was a photographer I wouldn't waste time on follow ups. Maybe you guys should lobby for email stats to reveal actual responses. It'd save you a lot of time but also help us when we're looking for other mods to shoot with.... wait a minute am I actually suggesting a fascist enforcement of politeness yes I think I am. How victorian am I?! Or possibly draconian... I guess models even piss each other off...
Posted 22 June 2013
PaulManuell
Photographer
PaulManuell
Honesty
Sometimes I need to think before replying, look at port
Tbh, my port's mediocre at best, but I'd have thought the fact I offer paid shoots if the model's not interested in tf would weigh a bit in my favour in getting replies. Or is that a bit naive?
Posted 23 June 2013
Kiboko
Photographer
Kiboko
I don't believe for one second that models get inundated with messages, - 80 a day? Cloud cuckoo land! I get one or two a week, and I'm a brilliant photographer, so why should a mere stunning model? Are they in demand or something?
Posted 23 June 2013
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