One of the worst feelings in the world is putting your work out there…putting YOURSELF out there, taking that leap….only to realize you MAY have just annoyed the hell out of the exact people you are trying to impress.
It happens in the business world. It happens in the art world. Hell…it problem happens in every sub dimension of our universe!
Well, in order to save a FEW more people from the humiliation of realizing that all of your hard work is for naught (not because of quality…but because of stupid mistakes) I’m going to try to head you off at the pass.
Ready? Here comes the pass!
After you’ve shot your wedding/boudoir/esession/etc, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your images for publication.
- If you haven’t done so already, be sure to get permission from your couple/model before submitting your work to the public. I usually do this at the initial meeting, making it VERY clear that signing a contract with me gives me permission to submit the images to magazines. I do NOT give the option of reviewing the submitted images to my brides.
- Pick the publication you are going to submit to. EVERY shoot is different! Is your shoot a Destination Wedding? How brilliant are the details? Is it a big budget wedding or a DIY event? An e-session? A cultural event? Is it a styled shoot? All of these questions matter, and getting the most out of your publications depends on where you get it published. For instance, if it is a local wedding…submitting it to a local bridal blog or magazine might be better for your booking! If it is a Destination Wedding (usually defined as being 5-6 hours from your home town), you will want to submit it to a destination publication….well, only if you want to book destination weddings in Mexico and Italy.
- After you pick the publication READ THEIR SUBMISSION POLICY!!! Every policy is different!! I can’t stress that enough!!! Some magazines want between 25-50 images…and some want no fewer than 150! Some want 600 pixels wide, and some want images that haven’t been sized.
If you submit without reading their policies, they WILL get annoyed and won’t bother even looking at your brilliance.
- Don’t submit images that are trendy!! Sound weird? Look at the publication you are trying to submit to. How many images do you see that are washed out, over saturated, vignetted, or selective colored? None? Trust me, your artistic masterpiece HAS been submitted before and HAS been declined.
- Submit lots of details! Most publications are dedicated to showing their brides/readers NEW ideas for their big days! So as lovely as your portraits are, brides reading the magazine are NOT them. You need to submit the details that will inspire their day.
- After you’ve read the guidelines and submitted your images…waiting patiently is the name of the game.
- Three Tips For New Wedding Photographers (photofocus.com)
- Learn to Say No (freelanceswitch.com)
- FAQ : Behind The Scenes to a Styled Shoot (jasminestarblog.com)
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