Over the course of the last five years, I have been fortunate enough to have my photography work published in several magazines and blogs. Because of this, I am frequently asked by beginning wedding photographers for tips on how to accomplished this themselves. Well, don’t worry friend. I’m here to spill my secrets!
It’s All in the Details
When you are photographing a wedding and hope to have it published, be sure to pay close attention to the details! Most publications actually prefer detail photos over portraits! I know this might seem surprising, but this is because publications want to feature work that inspires their readers. And while portraits are lovely, detail photos show couples examples of things they could have at their wedding. And this is much more relatable!
Details can be anything from the wedding, you are not just limited to the invitation suite and shoes! Be sure to grab some great shots of the ceremony set up and the get away car. All of these things are what make the wedding unique and will help with your submission!
Know Your Vendors
Publications always want to know the story behind the images. You’ll typically see questions about the couple and the wedding, but you’re also likely to see questions pop up about the other vendors. This is important because the publication will want to credit the entire vendor team accordingly. Knowing this information ahead of time will make the submission process so much easier for you. You can read about how I gather this info from my couples here.
Find Your Style
Most publications have a fairly set style that they prefer for the images they share. You can get a pretty good feel for a publications style just by taking a quick glance at their Instagram feed. But many publications also share their preferences under their submission tab on their site. Knowing this information before you start submitting will help you save so much time! Create a Trello board with your favorite publications that you think you’d be a good fit for to cut down on the submission matching process!
Two Bright Lights
The Two Bright Lights platform is a wonderful tool for submitting your work! While I don’t use it exclusively (sometimes I submit directly through a publications website) it has really helped to streamline my submission process! Recently, Two Bright Lights waved their fee and it is now free to use! How cool is that? After uploading your images for submission and adding some descriptive tags, TBL will match you with publications that your wedding would be a good fit for! So easy!
Include Your Couple
If I feel that a certain wedding would be a good fit for publication, I will reach out to the couple following the wedding. I’ll work with them to gather further information about their wedding day and let them know that I hope to submit their big day! This makes it extra fun to share in the excitement, especially if it is selected for publication!
I hope this has helped answer your questions about having your photography work published! Good luck on your submissions and always, you’ve got this friend!