It's the lack of a phone number which should ring alarm bells as much as anything else Jes. If a model I'm arranging a shoot with ignores my request for a contact number it definitely rings alarm bells with me. Without one I either cancel, or if it's local and I've nothing much to lose but a bit of wasted time I might go ahead cynically thinking I'm going to get a no show, and most of the time that turns out to be the case in such circumstances, because someone who's serious generally wants to ensure both parties can contact each other in case of transport problems, locating venue, etc. If you know who the photographer actually is, it should be easy enough to find a telephone number for him. Bet you could find mine easily enough if you looked for it. If you can't find one, definitely be wary!
Have you Googled his name to see if he is on FB etc.....if so, message him there as well saying you need a phone number asap so you can confirm the arrangements verbally or by text. Send him that message anyway.
If a one-to-one shoot is proving elusive there maybe another way you could meet this photographer if he/she were to attend a Studio Day, Group Shoot, Charity Shoot, Workshop, Seminar or Training Day.
Commercial photographers have fab websites with their contact details, images, tearsheets and client lists...without it they wouldnt get any work! Otherwise their idea of what a "commecial" shoot is could be very different from yours
I was contacted via email by a photographer for a commercial shoot a couple of months ago but it got cancelled as he said the client didn't agree to one of the terms in his contract.
This is not uncommon Jes, as some clients seem to think that in the current economic climate commercial photographers will be so desperate for the work that they will accept wholly unreasonable terms in place of their own T&C. At the beginning of the year I refused to submit work to one publishing house on their unrealistic terms and I am now even more glad that I did because the publication has now gone, though the publisher has not, yet the unreasonable terms they were trying to impose would have seen my images retained by the parent company and probably sold on or syndicated with no chance of any payment coming back in my direction.
Soon after, I received an email that was like and automated response but it didn't actually say it was. The content was something to do with the email not being accessed as much as normal due to a family illness. I sent another email but haven't got a response. So am I right in thinking that an automated response would send a reply every time?
Not necessarily. I sent a batch of three email invoices to my contact in an accounts department on Sunday (last day of the month) without realising they were on holiday until today. I received an automated response to the first mail but not the second or third. I don't think I have ever received repeat noificastions.