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D. Diggler wrote:
Seems odd it doesn't lead to bookings to be published in magazines. You know ... brides like the photos and see your name credited. And some here have said getting photos in online blogs leads to bookings.
It's not unheard of but rare that a bride or groom leafing through a magazine sees a photo, stops in their tracks and says "I must have that photographer! Don't let anyone in or out of the building - I need a magnifying glass STAT so I can read the photo credit and contact that photographer immediately!"
Even back in the day when the circle of published photographers was way smaller and I was getting published in magazines (even getting paid for use of my work) - it didn't happen. I just had a magazine feature my work in a full page interview and another magazine, a community based magazine, featured my work on the cover and a two page spread as its feature article. Nothing's changed.
We've gone entirely after print and have ignored online features since that is what our clients respond to...
...I've found that the people I work with only look at a wedding magazine when they are published in it. They rarely use them to do their planning.
That would appear to be a contradiction, wouldn't it? I guess I'm not understanding what you mean by "respond to."
I think JV was doing it before it become as standard for the rest of us. 5 years ago being published as a photographer was uncommon and a fairly big deal. Now it is pretty commonplace.
Exactly. It's like the Mike Colon story of running ads in G.O. Wedding Style.
When I started getting published back in the 90's, it was a coup. If you got published, it was usually a sign that you were damn good. Now the state of the industry is such that media has a tremendous appetite for all the willing and available free content and automated processes to keep their bellies full. Sort of like the buffet at Denny's and typically the same quality.
We go for the publication that the coordinator or designer is the most interested in being published in. We personally go exclusively for local and regional publications because we want to be hired locally. Most people go for the "prestige" of a national magazine but it is far less likely that someone will hire you across the country. The people that I want to see the work are the people in my backyard.
This comment very much nails it.