What would you do if I told you, you could have your beauty and fashion work published right now?
Submitting your work to publications is a great way to get your photoshoot and your team more exposure. Also, holding a magazine in your hands that has one of your editorials in it is one of the most bad ass feelings – up there with the first time you smash out a crisp winged liner or when you get a reverse park, first go.
Best of all, you need not to be famous, cashed up, or connections like Will-I-Am (although, who knows, that may help), all you need is a quality editorial (aka some seriously awesome pictures) and the following tips:
1. Find a bunch of weirdos who are just a crazy and talented as you and work with them.
2. Think out your editorial. Not just on the toilet after your morning coffee or in the car ride to the studio, actually plan shit. What story are you trying to tell? What is your key features? Have you thought about camera angles? Lighting? Amazing editorials are more than just incredible makeup, make sure you do some planning before even shooting your images (aka get used to being as crazy about Pinterest as a middle aged DIY obsessed scrap booker), having a clear direction and level head on set will save you time and ensure great end result images.
3. Make sure your editorial story matches aesthetic of the publication you will be submitting to. Research where you would like to have your work published and submit something you think would appeal to the readership. For example, don’t submit some gothy looking vampire thing to a magazine that does glossy beauty – there are hundreds of magazines that love vampy gothy shit, submit to them.
4. I feel like this is as obvious as a drunk bloke gingerly beelining toward a group of girls in a bar, but, do not share on social media any images of the shoot before it is published. For exclusivity, magazines and online publications will only publish images that have not yet appeared anywhere else online.
5. Read and follow the guidelines the magazine prescribes. Do not make your work easy to ignore because you did not follow the rules.
6. Make sure you have permission! Like proper permission, model release style permission. Although you worked on the shoot, hell, you may have coordinated the shoot, you still are only one component of a team. Also, if your model is with an agency, be a gem and let them know before sending off to have work published.
7. Submit an even number of low resolution images, most magazines will want images from the same story either side of the pages. Six to eight images are usually the maximum amount that publications accept, do not go overboard and submit too many.
8. Be patient, but do not expect a reply. Magazines get LOTS of submissions, they do not publish everyone and sometimes do not have the time to get back to ever submission. Jump on Tinder and get swiping if you want an instant reply.
9. DO NOT fall into the ‘pay $$ and get your work published’ rabbit hole – it is proper bullshit.
10. Lastly, if you have a great editorial story, here are some of my favourite online publications for you to submit to:
Elements Magazine http://ellementsmagazine.com/submission/