Marina del Rey, California, US
Thank you a lot
I can not offer you any tfp.
My hour rate is 1500 USD.
You prob wont hear from them again
Sep 10 13 02:27 am Link
København, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Personally, I think that if someone took the time to write me, it's polite to write them back. I like to be polite.
Usually I'll say something like "your style is not what I'm looking to shoot at the moment" or maybe "I don't feel that your style will add to my portfolio in the direction I'd like to go."
In other words, I tell the truth
I don't go into details as why I don't want to shoot their particular style, unless they specifically ask. Taste is subjective, and even though I don't like it, someone else will. I'm not supposed to be a critique.
If I know of another model who might be interested in shooting with them, I refer them.
Most photographers have been happy to at least get a response.
Some of them have asked me to come up with an idea that we could do together, but honestly it's never been the ideas that have put me off, but their particular style of shooting. And in my experience, photographers trying to adapt their style to suit my taste, is usually tremendously unsatisfying for both parties. So I will never ever go there anymore.
TL;DR - tell them the truth, short and precise.
Sep 15 13 04:01 am Link
Bath, England, United Kingdom
Just tell them you can't... because you'll be too busy shooting TF nudes with me!
That should go down well...
Just my $0.02
Sep 15 13 04:05 am Link
Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
Best thing to do is to reply to any message they send you. Don't ignore it. I would politely say 'Thanks for the message but I am not posing for nude/ implied shoots. Thank you for the enquiery.'
That makes it 100% clear what you will and won't do.
The photographer needs to then move on. It is when models don't reply to messages that gets me going. They read the message but don't bother replying with just a quick responce.
Be professional, but be blunt.
Sep 15 13 04:10 am Link
Olympia, Washington, US
There's always the block button after that.
Sep 15 13 07:21 am Link
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
Well, it depends. If it's someone who doesn't seem to be a problem, but who cannot benefit my portfolio, I tell them my rates. (I usually always respond with rates anyway, simply because I don't have the time in my week to set up all sorts of trade shoots, when I could be getting paid shoots.) If it's someone who I definitely think is bad-news bears, I usually say that their work is not what I am interested in, but thank you for the offer, and that I hope they succeed in their future endeavors.
Nobody but an azz will respond negatively to that, and if they do, then, well, you just made the right decision by not working with them.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
GM Photography wrote:
Very true. I've also found that just not responding to the tripe does a pretty good job, except for the craziest of the crazies, who then do get that block button.
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
I'm not completely sure it is fair to judge only from a port. It may only have 4 or 5 pictures and not give a complete picture of ability and/or results of this project! You should read the profile at a minimum. For instance I specialize in unedited photos and will only have a few photos in my port when I finish it. Be honest! Tell them that at this time you don't wish to work with them and the reason. Be prepared for them to defend their port, etc. but if you still aren't interested Thank them for the interest, but no thank you!
Sep 16 13 03:14 pm Link
Dallas, Texas, US
Personally, I just prefer a direct 'no'.
Sep 16 13 03:35 pm Link
Austin, Texas, US
I send and prefer to receive a, "Thank you for your interest but I will not be booking/scheduling a shoot at this time.
Acknowledges that you've received the inquiry and politely declines without leaving room for come backs... unless they're dickish and say something like, "Well when would be a good time to inquire?!" Then I'd ignore.
Sep 16 13 04:38 pm Link
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Anna Adrielle wrote:
Sep 16 13 10:27 pm Link