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Surprising tips for the perfect magazine submission

Surprising tips for the perfect magazine submission

 
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Now that you know how to get publishedit's time to learn how to craft the PERFECT submission! The process might surprise you!

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS.


Shoot the hell out of every detail at a wedding, vertical and horizontal. You’re doing your clients a favor by capturing the details they worked hard on, and you’re preparing for a magazine feature before the wedding day is even over. 
 

Submit lots of: Details, flowers, bridal party style, bride style, groom style, location

Submit less: Couple portraits, cocktail hour, ceremony

Submit none: Dancing, family portraits 

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CREDIT

Publications won’t accept weddings without a full vendor list. So, a month before the wedding, ask for a list of all vendors involved. That way, you can credit them in your own blog and social channels, plus you’re ready to rock and roll when you submit to a magazine.

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UNIQUE ELEMENTS

Editors want weddings that are unique and diverse, with photos that are clean, stylish, consistent, and look like they belong in a magazine. Think of the three most unique things about the wedding day and use those to pitch the story.

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DO YOUR RESEARCH

Don’t submit to a DIY magazine if the wedding was styled to perfection by a planner. Don’t submit to a Canadian blog when the wedding took place in North Carolina. Spend time researching these magazines and blogs and their social channels to really get a sense of the weddings they publish and who their reader is.

THE POWER OF NON-EXCLUSIVE

There are two types of publications - exclusive and non-exclusive. Exclusive means the wedding can not be pending or already published before (usually excludes your personal blog). Sometimes it’s exclusive forever, sometimes they ask you to wait 60 or 90 days before submitting to anyone else.

Non-exclusive means you can submit a wedding to 10 different publications and that’s ok! Don’t underestimate the power of going the non-exclusive route - it’s better for ONE of your weddings to be published 6 times, that’s 6x the reach of just submitting to one. Your work gets more life!

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Don’t get discouraged if your wedding isn’t accepted. They may have a full editorial calendar, have just accepted a wedding with a similar style to yours, there aren’t enough detail shots. I’ve been rejected as many if not more times than I’ve been published - it happens! There will usually be a better fit elsewhere.

Don’t give up - keep submitting!


If you do get published, remember to share the good news with all the vendors, say thank you to the editors, and re-post the hell out of it on your blog, website, and social media!

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I hope you enjoyed this two part series!
Email me if you get published, I can't wait to see!!!

(Link to part one if you need it)

How To Capture Authentic Emotion In Your Photos

Posing can be complicated!

How should I pose them? Make a list of poses? Is it going to look too… POSED?! 

Tip: If you want genuine emotion in your photos, direct, don’t pose.


From portrait shoots to wedding shoots, let’s face it. Everyone loves smiling at the camera photos. So I make sure to get a few of those on every shoot. “Look at me and give me a big happy smile yayyyy!!!!” *Click*

For everything else, I direct. At the beginning of the shoot, I’ll tell them, “I know this is awkward. We finally just met. And I’m pointing a huge camera at you. For our time together, I want you to be in a mindset - you are in LOVE! You are head over heels in LOVE!” And they laugh and giggle. “If you feel like grabbing her around the waist - DO IT! If you want to pull him in for a kiss - KISS HIM! If she makes you so happy you want to pick her up and spin her, SPIN HER!”

I explain to them that it’s always the in-between moments that are the best. I tell them to walk holding hands and look at each other, then me, then each other (like the Old Spice guy). Piggybacking is always fun, picking up and spinning results in great smiles and laughs, and eskimo (nose) kisses are darn adorable. Sometimes I’ll tell the groom or fiance to whisper something sweet (or salty) in his bride’s ear, and she’ll smile from ear to ear and giggle. I also use the dance move - slow dancing in the middle of a field or on Newbury Street, “practicing their first dance”. Usually, I’m screaming from excitement, which in turn makes my couples and clients laugh as well. Sometimes I end up making weird noises or voices, which will also make them laugh. At me, with me… as long as they’re happy, it doesn’t matter

Always listen to your client's vibe, though - if they're more of a shy, reserved couple, give them a few more sentimental versus silly photos. Warm hugs and embraces, snuggles, and serious poses work well. If your couple are funny goofballs, then laughing and silly is perfect. 

If you make your client comfortable, they will look genuinely relaxed on camera. Once they start running, jumping, making out, laughing, and of course being complimented on doing such a great job, they have a blast, and looking at a list of poses isn’t even necessary. That is how to get authentic photographs of love!

11 Things Every New Wedding Photographer Needs To Know

 
 

Hello new wedding photographers!

Welcome to the world of kisses, hugs, gorgeous couples... and also complicated timelines, stressed out coordinators, less-than-cooperative bridal parties, tipsy dancing, and more. It’s an exciting day to say the least. People ask me, “Isn’t it scary to shoot a wedding? That’s a lot of pressure!” 

I’ve listed eleven tips that will make weddings not so intimidating! Confidence is key, my friends - get in a mindset that you are going to rock the wedding, and you probably will.

1) Get a list of family photos 2-4 weeks BEFORE the wedding.

Your couple should plan their groupings and which family members are included in the formal pictures. Also - never forget full lengths of the bride. Let her show off that dress, back and front - always get individuals of the couple.

2) Be the calm in the storm.

If something doesn’t go to plan on the day, you need to reassure the bride that everything is okay. Pimple? You can edit it out pretty easily. Raining? You brought your clear umbrella and are prepared with strobes to shoot the bridal party indoors. Overbearing mother? Lay low and focus on the bride + groom. If you are at all stressed, your couple will know.

3) Be prepared.

Bring way too many memory cards, way too many batteries, two flashes, two camera bodies, two or more lenses, bobby pins, safety pins, band aids, chapstick, an umbrella (or two), wooden dress hanger, reflector, aspirin, Tums, Command hook, etc. You will need them.

4) Dress appropriately.

When in doubt, ask your couple if your intended outfit is appropriate (black tie versus informal outdoor wedding). I do the bend test with my dresses - kneeling down the aisle, picking things up without bending my knees, any position I could be in without showing my backside. Dress like a guest, but one step more professional. Black is always in style. This goes for shoes, too - do NOT wear heels or uncomfortable shoes. I rock black crochet Toms - your comfort is priority. I have nearly cried at a reception limping from wearing low heels that weren’t super comfy. Do not do that to yourself.

5) Ask the couple to kiss twice

during their ceremony. So, if for some wild reason you miss the first kiss, you have a second one as a backup.

 
 

6) Get a list of all vendors before the wedding

And send them each a set of watermarked photos after the wedding to use for marketing. Good vendor relationships are invaluable. #networking

7) Be as helpful as you can.

I’ve put down my camera and helped lace up dresses, wiped down ceremony chairs after it rained with rags, brought flowers up to the bride’s room, snapped iPhone shots for guests, tied ties, and set up centerpieces at the reception. Be a human first and a photographer second, and your clients will appreciate that.

8) Don’t use your phone in front of your client

Unless you’re taking an epic bride selfie. #respect

9) Eat!

If the bride offers you water or snacks in the getting ready room, take them. Stay hydrated all day and if it’s okay for you to grab an appetizer at cocktail hour, do it. Pack a few granola bars in case, because nothing is worse than a hangry photographer who probably won’t see food until 8:30pm. But… don’t drink alcohol. Even if your bride + groom offer, it’s best to kindly decline. Yes, you are at a killer party, but you are working. You are a business owner, and that can be a liability for you. Stick with water!

10) Be there when they need you, and invisible when they don’t.

Do not stand in front of the groom’s family during the ceremony. Kneel on the side of the aisle, or stand on the sides or behind the guests. Do not get a foot away from the bride and her father during their first dance to get a close shot. Use a telephoto lens instead. When a bride needs you to take a table shot with her college girlfriends, be there with a super smile! If the groom needs his boutonniere pinned on, help him out. A great wedding photographer is one that guests love to dance and laugh with, but never hinders their experience of the day.

11) Work quickly and efficiently.

Weddings are not the day to slow down and take your time - there is always a timeline, and wedding usually run a little late. Get all the photos you need by delegating and using your outside voice when directing the bridal party + family. I’ve been in situations where the sun is 90% set and I have 10 minutes before the B&G are being introduced in - I shoot shoot shoot with all different poses and actions and still end up with 50+ portraits of just the couple.