020: How to finally get published, Randy & Ashley

Today Paul and I are chatting with Randy and Ashley Durham of Randy and Ashley Studios and we are spilling ALLLLL the good info on how to get your work published as a photographer!

Randy & Ashley have been published an obscene amount of times (listen to find out how many!) and have some really REALLY awesome tips and strategies so that you can think through a process before you even start shooting that will set you up for success when it comes to getting your work published. This is one you don't want to miss! Links and show notes below! 

How to finally get published as a photographer

Show Notes

  • International Academy of Wedding Photographers

  • They average 65-75 publications/year and their goal for this year is 100

  • They submit every shoot they do, engagements and weddings and they focus on non-exclusive so they might get one shoot published multiple times.

  • The more publications you get the more organic SEO backlinks you get.

  • Use hashtag #huffpostido to potentially get published on Huffington Post.

How has getting published affected your business?

  • Increased the circle of trust

How do you find the right blogs?

Two Bright Lights

Knowing where to submit

  • Don't change your style to fit a publication

  • Shoot with the publication in mind

  • Know who you are and what the blogs want

Two Bright Lights does have other blogs to submit too for families, seniors and housing sites. Only thing they are lacking is boudoir. 

Matchology through Aisle Perfect 

Green Wedding Shoes, Junebug Weddings, Style me Pretty don't use submission sites

System for getting published:

  • Pick favorites from weddings- pick 100-150 and put them on TBL

  • Send out questionnaires to couples during the process and use the info from the questionnaires to create the blog story - FOUR different questionnaires

  • Copy and paste their own blog story and put it into the Album story in TBL

  • Tag the submission

  • TBL will filter to the blogs that are accepting submissions for those tags

Three most important steps for someone looking to get published:

  • Make sure you have vendor information, vendors appreciate when you go out of your way to include them

  • Stay consistent

  • Research where you are going to submit to make sure its a good fit

They do have specific and consistent relationships with certain publications but they are always looking out for additional places that are good fits. 

They do also focus on local blogs depending on where they are shooting (shooting outside of their hometown). 

How do you deal with rejection when it comes to getting published?

  • Like water off a duck's back. Just resubmit!!

  • Rejection usually comes with not doing proper research

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