It was last summer when I started taking my photography more seriously. I knew that I enjoyed shooting people, doing portraits and fashion. In the same summer, I was published in two different magazines! And this is how you can get published as well.
1. Connect with People
I didn’t know how to get published in a magazine. In fact, I wasn’t even considering it at the time. Through Facebook groups, I met a model (Vandana Bharti) and make-up artist (Japjeet Kaur). I did a photoshoot with both of them and then we all came together and planned another shoot specifically for magazine submission.
Social media is the best way to connect with people. I’d highly recommend looking for models and make-up artists to collaborate with. Personally, Facebook and Instagram have worked wonders for me.
2. Find out what magazines are looking for
Most of the time, magazines are just looking for the same idea, just done differently. You can find out the specifics when you are submitting your photos. The website that Vandana used and showed us is Kavyar.com. It shows hundreds of open submissions with the technical guidelines that must be followed and some even have mood boards of what they are looking for linked to the submission pages. It is a great way to find a magazine submission that fits your interest.
Once you have an idea you want to go for, start shooting! One thing that I can’t stress enough is that you have to work with what you have. When we were shooting for a magazine, we did not have a professional studio with the best lighting. We used black curtains in Vandana’s living room, a hot shoe flash and a reflector. We also used Dollarama stickers and accessories to make the images more interesting. That was it! Being creative is part of the process to be creative with your use of space.
When submitting the photos, most magazines ask for about 4–10 images of a particular size. You may need to bring the photos into Photoshop and resize, but it is not a difficult process. Keep that in mind when shooting, so leave some space for the images to breath in case you need to crop. You wouldn’t want to crop something important out. After submission (which most of the time, has a small fee) it takes about a month for the magazine to get back to you and have your worked published!
If you would like to see some more of my work, head over to my Instagram which includes the work that was published in The Only One Magazine and Elegant Magazine!