How to Write Effective Emails to a Photographer

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First Things First:

How Not To Write an Email To a Photographer

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If you are going to write some sort of effective bulk email, PLEASE at least have the decency not to send it to my Photo Licensing email address? There are other, more effective, ways to contact me, a photographer, via email that won’t necessarily be seen so negatively, and so quickly.

When I received the email below, it arrived at my Photography Licensing Request email box. Unless you want to license any of my photos for your use, that is absolutely the wrong email box to use. Normally will just outright delete messages without giving it a second thought. This time though, because it was the second one that came in on the incorrect email. For giggles, I decided to research them a little bit. Variations on “‘’ spam / reviews / scam” etc. Nothing very in-depth, really. Bottom line, this is not an effective email.

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I wrote this response, and figured that would be the end of it. The image is now linked to my website’s online merch store. If you want to support this website directly, please consider a purchase. Every little bit helps!

To make a long story short, they don’t have a very positive search engine footprint — most of the links I found were fairly negative in nature. So, I wrote the reply via email below and then made the initial blog post about into a week long Sponsored Post on Facebook and Instagram for giggles. I was feeling feisty.

What I did not expect, however, was any sort of reply from someone else within the company. Obviously someone within the company actually read the blog post that I referenced, and passed it on to someone who sent an email back.

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This image is also linked to this website’s online merch shop.

What I also did not expect was the subtly cheeky, and effective, email response in return by pasting my name on top of another generic form-letter.

Well played, Sir. Well played.

So, how do you write an effective email to a photographer?

If you want to contact me, a photographer, then please click the “SEND EMAIL” button. You’ll then be sent over to my contact form. All you have to do is fill it out and then send it. That’s all. Simple, right?

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By Adrian Feliciano

Adrian Feliciano specializes in on-location portrait and boudoir photography, documenting events for Boston's thriving nightlife scene, and fire performer photography. He also makes one hell of a delicious Filipino adobo. Feel free to ask him for the recipe! You can reach out to Adrian here, at anytime.

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