Photography published in a fashion magazine
I picked up a camera with the purpose of learning how to use it. I figured this would be a great hobby, and keep me busy with my downtime. Little did I know how much fun I would have on TFP shoots and collaborating with beautiful models and extremely talented make-up artists. After shooting for about 2 years, I decided it was time to get my photos into a magazine. I didn’t really think I was good enough but I was going to try anyway. Worst case scenario, they would just decline and tell me no thanks.
Shooting with a purpose
The first step in my journey was to research magazines. What kind of images to they accept, and is my work good enough? I followed as many as I could on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Many had profiles with links to mood-boards that gave me a better idea of what they were looking for in an editorial submission. Many magazine submission concepts change from month-to-month, so it would be smart to check them out before diving into a theme.
Read and understand the guidelines
I had my images ready, but I knew getting my photography published in a fashion magazine was going to be a little tricky at first. There are specific sizes and art guidelines you need to keep in mind for submissions and each magazine is different. To help with the submission process and organization, I turned to a cool website.
I created a new profile on kavyar.com and this gave me a huge boost in the ability to organize my submissions. Many magazines from around the world have profiles on this website and use it for direct submissions from photographers. I highly recommend checking them out. If you are a photographer you must submit your portfolio for review before you are accepted. This will make sure you meet certain quality standards for the site.
Review and Submit
I found 3 magazines that I liked and followed all the guidelines. My work matched their style, so I knew I would have a better chance of publishing if I submitted my work.
- Magazine #1 – Submission Denied. They said my work was not within the theme of that month so I was not accepted
- Magazine #2 – Submission Pending. I did not end up hearing anything back from the editor after a week so I canceled my submission.
- Magazine #3 – Submission Accepted! – I submitted 9 photos to the magazine and 7 were accepted for publication.
That feeling of excitement
Magazine #3 was a small print on demand publication based in Canada called iMirage Magazine. Honestly, I was so excited I didn’t care how small they were. I just wanted to be able to order a magazine and have my name and photos in it. Hahaha.
What I learned from this process
Planning will play a key role in your photography submissions. Getting my photography published in a fashion magazine was a huge goal I had for 2017, and I am glad I accomplished it.
- I researched the publications and checked mood boards for concept ideas
- Matched all guidelines for the submission
- Submitted to at least 3 magazines at once
- Made sure all images met the quality standards of the publication
- Credited everyone on my team including models, make-up artist and myself
Never give up on submitting, and happy shooting!