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For so many aspiring photographers the ultimate DREAM is to see your photos published in a major magazine, website, or blog — and it’s actually more achievable than you’d think. It all comes down to the way you present yourself and the value you contribute to the brand you’re submitting to.

Here are the best practices for submitting your work to publications.

Step 1: Make sure that the photos and publication make sense

You don’t want to submit your work to just anyone. A little research goes a LONG way and also helps strengthen your pitch. For example, if your bride is wearing a cowboy hat and boots with her gown, it would be a good idea to target a western-vibe brand. Or if the wedding was very on-trend it would likely get approved by a brand that’s social media focused.

That bit of intention increased your chance of getting published by a lot.

Step 2: Write a personalized pitch

Do not mass email! They can tell and it is an immediate turn-off. Additionally, you want to make sure you’re pitching to the company rather than just submitting your photos. When you write a pitch you want to position them as the beneficiaries in the deal. Why do they NEED you?

Here are some examples to get you started:

  • You are featuring a specific style that’s trending on social media. I.e. “Cool girl aesthetic”
  • Your couple has a very unique story that would lead to a lot of “clicks” and engagement
  • The bride is wearing a current season gown by a designer that advertises with the magazine
  • A vendor at the wedding advertises with the magazine (this is a major gateway in bridal and home & garden publications)

Step 3: Do the heavy lifting

When you send your pitch you should have an outline of the story/copy prepared, a complete list of vendors featured, and easy access to the featured photos (with descriptions attached). Nobody wants to be given more work. If you want your photos published it’s of good etiquette to do as much of the work involved as possible.

If you do these 3 steps when submitting your work to publications, don’t be surprised if you become famous.

Now, if you’re a photographer looking for specialized help on how to elevate your photography business by outsourcing your photo editing, I invite you to check out our expert services.

During this process, you will be paired with your potential, 1-on-1, private photo editor to see if we are the right fit for your business and editing needs.

This way we can talk through where you are in your business and if Janelle Joy Private Editing would be the right fit for you!

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Best Practices for Submitting your Work to Publications


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