Hi there, let’s talk about what makes a good submission!
Describe the perfect submission to Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy…
The perfect submission includes all the information we request, proper image sizing, proper file name, and 15-40 images (full color, detail driven). We want the full description of the session you are submitting to us, if it is a maternity session we want to hear from the mother on her pregnancy, and advice for other new mom-to- bes, if it is a newborn session tell us about the baby, how much did she/he weigh , the name, etc. and if it is a birth we want the nitty gritty details of the labor and delivery from the mom. Make it personal, and we will love it!
In regard to blog submissions, what makes us frown?
We always look for submissions with amazing photography, that’s a given. If you ever catch me shiver, it’s probably a submission that made the pregnant mother look unflattering in poses, a newborn who was in an “unsafe” situation for a pose, or a birth that has way to many gory images and not enough beautiful moments. We love beauty, motherhood, and beautiful images!
What’s a general mistake photographers make when submitting?
There are a few mistakes that we see come in a lot. The number one mistake we see in over half of our submission, not properly sizing them to the specifics we request, we immediately disregard the submission even if we LOVED the photography. We simply do not have the time to resize them ourselves or request new images. Submitting too many black and whites, which simply aren’t good for showing to our readers, we might feature a couple in a feature but not many. Not submitting enough images , if there are not at least 15 minimum we will disregard the submission. We are not only editors but moms too, the less work we have to do, the faster the submission will be published and the less likely it will get tossed to the side.
How many pictures do you like to receive in a submission?
Honestly, please do not send more than 40!
What’s the best way to send photos (size, resolution, FTP, etc)?
We actually only request that images be sized to our blog at 900 pixels wide and low resolution 72dpi . It is not our job to re size images because a submission wasn’t given to us properly. Every now and then we’ll reach out when the resolution isn’t crisp enough and if we accept a submission for print we will request very specific sizes and resolutions.
What’s a common element omitted from a submission you’d like to see more of?
Usually there aren’t enough close up shots. It’s the people shots that our readers love because they give them ideas for their own maternity, newborn, birth, child, or family session. It is what inspires our reader to book their own session. Also not enough images with the mommy in the picture.
How many submissions should be submitted at once?
Each submission should be emailed alone, But you should feel free to submit as many as you like.
What’s the protocol for submitting the same session to different publications? How long should a photographer wait before submitting the session somewhere else?
Just don’t do it! Please, we absolutely won’t publish a session that has been on another blog or in another magazine. And we’ll pull a submission off the website if we discover after the fact that it has been on another publication, website, or blog. Our website works very much like our print magazines in that the want complete and total exclusivity. Blmommy has a huge growing readership that are internet smart mommies, we try really hard to always give our readers something new and unique to them. It’s a BIG NO to submit one session to more than one publication/blog at a time. We need 1-2 weeks, most of the time to determine if we want to publish a submission, as we plan our editorial calendar a month at a time. With that said, you are always more than welcome to check on a submission. That’s usually the only push that we need to give you a firm answer.