Photography Guidelines


Season - Releasing Fall/Winter 2018

Theme - Fall and Winter activities, along with seasonal gatherings

Interview - If you're photographing one of the magazines interviewees, please review the synopsis of their interview before the start of the shoot. This will help provide a general framework. Each layout generally features 1-8 visuals. 

Portraits - Please include images that capture the personality of the individual and the progression of the interview. 

Detail Shots - Please include a few images from the session that capture the environment and details without the model in the frame (i.e., company products, books, workspace, scenery, location, office, coffee shop, farmers market, etc.)

Attire - The volume is scheduled to release in fall/winter, so please have the model dress appropriately, in soft neutral tones or in colors that are complimentary of the theme colors below. 

Quality - The magazine's aesthetic is clean, modern, and true to reality. Natural lighting and realistic colors are preferred. We try to avoid using overexposed or underexpose photographs. We are looking for visuals that offer a fair amount of white negative space and clean straight lines. We prefer working with un-cropped images, so we ask that photographers be mindful of every inch of the image in the camera. Being mindful of the frame ensures that resolution is not lost during post-processing due to cropping. 

Appearance - We desire to create cohesive spreads that compliment the eye as our readers flip the pages. Please include a fair amount of white negative space, neutral tones, and pops of color. Please make sure that the subject wears attire that is appropriate for the season the issue will release. When choosing an outfit, think big picture. How will this choice reflect the photographer, the model, and the magazine? Will it photograph well? Does it compliment the location setting and props? 

Variety - Images that are shown both vertical and horizontal help us to provide our readers with just the right perspective. We are looking for detail shots, portrait shots, different distances, etc. The more variety we have to work with the better. We won’t know until the editing process how each photograph will be used, so we need to make sure we have several options available. We have provided visual direction below, but feel free to add any images that you think would add to the creativity! 

*We look forward to collaborating! Please note that submissions are done on a voluntary basis. Contributors receive full credit for their work under the title of the article, as well as direct social/website links anytime a submission is featured online. Each upcoming volume will include an advertising section for readers to connect with contributors directly, both online and in print. If interested, please inquire about our seasonal contributor benefits.