We’re fortunate to have many of our weddings published in leading magazines. We also contribute to their editorial content by offering to photograph fashion, floral and linen features, social events, etc. Establishing relationships with Bridal Magazines is very important. Advertising with them is a plus, but not a must.
Magazine editors are very busy and don’t have time to go through hundreds of images of unsolicited weddings sent by unknown photographers. If you don’t have a relationship with a magazine, the best thing to do is to send the right person a few “teaser” images of a wedding you’d like considered in a slide show form or on a creatively packaged CD with a little information about the couple, the venue, vendors involved, etc. Follow up in a few days with an email. You’ll probably get a response. Don’t call! Do this with a few magazines on a regular basis and eventually, if your work is good and the event is interesting, you’ll get lucky.
If the magazine editor is interested in your event, she or he will want to see more. Send them around 100 enhanced/retouched full-res images with an emphasis on decor, florals, details, etc. Portraits and groups should be few and kept engaging, photojournalistic in style and full of energy. Look at what’s being published by top bridal magazines. You’re not copying… You’re getting inspired…
Here are a few weddings and features we’ve been lucky to see in print lately. All the Ceremony Magazine covers were photographed by us.