Unedited is the musings of our Editor-in-chief Amanda Swiger on topics ranging from marriage, photography, being an entrepreneur, LGBTQ issues and more. As the name implies, they are her unedited, unfiltered, totally honest thoughts because let's face it, the world could use a little more vulnerability.
Every single day Tantamount Love gets submissions from all over the country and world and sadly, we only can accept some of them. So what makes a submission stellar and what can you do to get your work shared with our readers? Today I am breaking down some tips, tricks and editor pet peeves for you that you can use not only when submitting work to us here on Tantamount Love, but also when submitting elsewhere too!
Include a great album story!
Album stories and the details you share about your client/s are what make a submission go from great images to a stellar submission. Stories and people are what photography is about, so never just include images! We usually are looking for at least 200 words but we love submissions with more info on the client, shoot, wedding day, vendors and more! Stuck on what to write about? Ask yourself what made the shoot exciting, different, special or unique? Does the client have a great story as to why they scheduled their session? Do you have any advice you'd like to share? Tell us about the details or why you enjoyed that shoot or the clients! If all else fails, send us the answers to a self made questionnaire from your clients! Just include something!
Showcase the story well
Nothing is more frustrating that getting a submission with too many or not enough images! If there are too many images, it leaves me as the editor culling your work which makes it take longer and if there aren't enough images, the submission feels incomplete! So whats the magic number when it comes to images? I like to say for boudoir or kids sessions around 40 images, engagement, family, and senior sessions around 60 images and weddings around 80 images! Whatever you do, don't ever send an editor the whole gallery that you would send a client!!! Thats wayyyy too much!
***Bonus tip: for weddings, make sure the images are in the correct order!!!**
Make sure you credit all the vendors
If people have collaborated with your or provided creative work for what you have shot, be sure to include them in the submission. And be sure to include proper links to their work! Don't make your editor do extra legwork!!! My personal pet peeve is having vendors email me asking to be added to blog posts because the links the photographer provided were wrong or didn't include them at all. Do your homework and do the extra steps to ensure everyone is properly credit when you submit!
***Side note - vendors - please keep emailing me with corrections. Its not your fault and we will always work to correct things for you so you get the credit you deserve ***
Know who you are submitting to
If you are submitting to an LGBTQ blog, don't submit a straight couple. If you are submitting to a boudoir blog, don't send them a wedding! If you are submitting to Black Bride, don't submit a white client. If you aren't socially conscious, don't submit work to blogs that are. Know who are submitting to and make sure you work is line with them!
Along similar lines, if you really want to be published in a certain blog, get to know the editor, follow their work and comment online! Nothing speaks more to an editor than photographers and vendors who take the time to like, comment and share work that isn't just theirs!
Actually share your publication
Want to get on an editors bad side? Don't share your publication. The number of times we have published content only to not have the photographer or the team never share it blows my mind and is my number one pet peeve. Someone has decided to share your work so celebrate that! Whether its on facebook, instagram, snapchat, it doesn't matter, just be sure to tag the publication so they know! We love seeing you excited and sharing in that excitement with you!
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Have a question for me about the publication process? Have a topic you'd like to see me talk about? I wanna know! Drop us a note HERE and I will personally email you back!