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Cool spring nights surround some of my favorite memories. I love movie nights on the deck and adventuring through downtown Springfield too. Larissa put together an adorable outfit for a night at the theatre complete with a scarf made of lace and floral print.

I photographed Larissa outside the Little Theatre underneath the lights. I love how soft the images and colors are even though these were all taken after the sun had set. I love the city lights and the cars driving by.

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Getting published is the best way for me to get my work in front of potential brides. It’s my most effective marketing tool and in my coaching sessions, I always advise photographers to focus on building their publication portfolio. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting or if you have been in the game for years – getting published is going to take your business to new places.

Over the last few years I have learned a few things about submitting weddings, engagements and inspiration shoots. Today I am sharing 11 ways to avoid getting rejected for publication so that you can focus on getting great content in front of great editors.

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Only include images that help to tell the story better

As photographers, it’s important to create a gallery full of gorgeous imagery. When you are submitting to a blog, you only want to include the images that tell the story the editor wants to see.

Make sure the gallery is made up of mostly vertical images

Editors want to share a lot of images in a blog post! Are you submitting to a magazine? All the more reason to submit vertical images (think about layout)! You can still submit your favorite horizontal images, but be mindful of how those images are affecting your overall gallery. If you have a vertical photograph of the same detail, just include the vertical photograph!

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Carefully edit each photograph

It’s important to tediously analyze each photograph that you submit for publication. Is the coloring in the image complimentary to the rest of the gallery?

Composition is key

Images that are composed well will look great on their own and great when paired with another image from the gallery. When an editor is creating a blog post, you want to make it as easy as possible for her to create a beautiful layout.

Don’t include images that the editor might like

Only include images that the editor is going to love. Then, when she sees a gallery of images that she loves, she won’t be able to say no to publishing the wedding!

Include all the vendors

Most blogs want to see the list of vendors upfront. If this is requested, make sure that you include all the vendors. I always request the list of vendors from the bride before I submit. After the wedding is picked up for publication, I double check with the bride just to make sure that everyone is credited appropriately!

Include the bride’s point of view

Editors (and their readers) love to read about the wedding from the bride’s point of view. This is also a great way to connect with potential brides because if they are interested in the story, they are interested in how the story was photographed.

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Size the images accordingly

A lot of blogs will automatically decline submissions if the images don’t meet the desired width, so resize appropriately!

Address the letter to the editor correctly

If you get declined by one blog or magazine and are in the process of resubmitting, make sure that you write a new letter to the editor. It’s important to personalize the introduction to the wedding so that the editor can connect the wedding with her readers.

Read all of the submission guidelines on the editor’s website

This may go without saying, but make sure that you check the website before you submit. Every blog and magazine lists the guidelines for submissions. Thoroughly read through the submission process and re-read it again before you ever submit the wedding!

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Details need to be meaningful

When you are selecting which detail images to show it can be hard to know what an editor wants to see. Instead of including every detail image that you have, try including only your best work of the different angles or different stories.

I always try to include a great landscape shot along with some details from the environment. Consider what would be meaningful to the couple in the setting and most likely that will be meaningful to the editor as well.

Related: 10 Myths About Getting Published, The Dos and Don’ts of Creating a Wedding Submission

I’m excited to officially introduce Larissa to the blog. If you have been following along on instagram then you are probably well acquainted her love for fashion and her charming smile. She is a southern girl at heart and can’t get enough of great lipstick and tea.

Larissa is the fashion blogger behind DressPresh (like, so presh). She is a Missouri girl and she dreams in colors, patterns and textures. Grab a cup of sweet tea and get to know this gal. You will be blessed, I assure you.

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What is the first thing you did this morning?! 

I am one of ‘those’ people that loves the morning time! Today I got up out of bed to a sunny morning and turned on one of my favorite vinyls for the morning time, ‘Barton Hollow from The Civil Wars’.

What is your favorite breakfast? 

Nathan I are recently getting into the habit of eating breakfast every day! So if we have a morning together, I LOVE to whip up double chocolate chip pancakes (if you can call that breakfast). If it’s a usual morning for just me, an iced green tea latte from starbucks & a banana are my favorite to keep me going throughout the day!

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What does your typical work day look like? 

My mornings are generally anything but typical, as retail calls for different work hours every day, but on average, here is how a week work day goes for me:

6:30 am Wake up, brew a cup of green tea, turn our record player on.

(one of my favorite things about our little apartment, is that we ALWAYS have music playing in our home. Our favorite vinyls are being heard, one of us is playing an instrument, or Nathan is enduring my constant singing throughout the house)

7:00 am Getting ready for my day- makeup, hair, and outfit choosing are afoot for whatever the day calls for!

8:00 am New post on the blog is up!

9:00 am The work day often begins with a shift at Ann Taylor. Grabbing a cup of joe with my store opening buddy and prepare the store for an inspiring day!

1:30 pm My Ann Taylor portion of the day usually ends here and heading home is next on the agenda

2:00 pm Once I am home, it’s lunch time for Nathan & I before he heads to his work and I cram in a few posts to read from my favorite Style Bloggers, drooling over the latest style envy and baby cuteness pouring all over Bethany Kate Peterson’s Instagram page, and latest fashion forecastings!

2:00 pm Get a little bit of cleaning done and any needed errands ran with a happy hour Mcalisters Tea in hand (starting to notice how much tea I drink in a day?

4:00 pm Blogging and scheduling any shoots, meetings, and post dates and goals for the week (or head to the already scheduled shoot, meeting, etc.)

7:00 pm Dinner with my family if Nathan is at work, otherwise church small group, date night in (pizza & ice cream) or date night out (Hello Aviary Cafe and card games at Classic Rock Coffee)

9:00 pm Catch up on Scandal with me myself and I if it’s on, or re watch a How I Met Your Mother episode for the hundredth time with the husband.

11:00 pm Check emails, read devotional/ watch mini sermon, set out my outfit for the next day, hang out and chat with Nathan for a few.

11:30 pm Go to bed!

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What is one challenge you have faced today? 

Today was one of those days where my mind is in a constant state of playing the ‘where will this next project take me’ game and ‘am I doing everything I can to achieve my career goals’ blah blah blah of doubt that every once in a while creeps into my head. Getting advice from my sweet mamma, and handing my doubts and worries all over to Christ, always leave my mind in peace!

Favorite office items? 

I’m pretty obsessed with my gold monogram ‘R’ mug, Jergens BB Body Skin Cream, my favorite little note journal, lipstick ballpoint pens, and my ‘1989’ T Swift advent calendar. (no shame).

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What are your favorite accessories? 

My go-to nude NYX Lippie, St. Jude charm bracelet, MARK makeup pouch, and leopard blanket scarf.

What is one accomplishment from today!?

I finally mapped out a 6 month and 1 year plan for the blog! Being realistic but still dreaming big is a tough combination!

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What are you really looking forward to in April?

Warmer weather! I am actually super hot natured and I hate being warm, but after this long winter and crazy season in Missouri, I am ready for warm enough temps for me to sit outside on my parents back porch and talk to my dad as he grills some yummy fish, and go to our favorite outdoor shooting range for some skeet shooting competitions!

What is one thing you have learned today?

Taking just a little bit of time before bed to prepare for the next day can make my whole day flow more smoothly and I feel so much more relaxed!

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What is your favorite project for the day?

Preparing drafts on the blog for 4 upcoming posts this month! I am so excited for what’s to come, and for my readers and friends to see the finished results!

What is your favorite book? 

I just finished it actually! Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. This book is something I want every women of every age to read in their life time! Candace Cameron Bure suggested it so of course I had to check it out! What we say, how we say it and how our words affects others can really build a person up or completely tear them down!

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