It is no secret that Dallas is not currently the best environment for fashion photographers. We live in a very commercial city, more concentrated on simple studio portraiture than elaborate, editorial madness (and I mean madness in a wonderful sense). Being a Dallas fashion photographer myself, I am always looking for ways to have my photography noticed. One great way to do this is to create an account on Italian Vogue's: PhotoVogue. It is fairly well-known that Italian Vogue is known and regarded for its photography editorials. On PhotoVogue, the magazine's Photo Editor, Alessia Glaviano, selects which submitted photos are approved for the photographer's portfolio, as well as a daily "Photo of the Day" that is displayed on the homepage. Some of the best photos even get published in the magazine, along with brief interviews with the photographer and such.
PhotoVogue is picky about the photos that they approve. I can certainly say that none of my approved photos are what I believe to be my best work. However, I have learned a bit about the sort of photos that do get approved, and perhaps, with these tips, you can save yourself some time:
- PhotoVogue likes memories, photos that convey emotions captured candidly, and unplanned.
- PhotoVogue likes black and white. I am not saying that every black and white photo makes it in, but I have had a lot more black and white photos approved than colour.
- The titles and descriptions do not really matter, a great deal. In the beginning, I was planning the titles and descriptions very carefully, hoping that I could woo myself to an approval with that. However, name your photo One and have the description merely say Photo, and it can still get in, if they like the photo.
- Mistakes are okay. Photos with a blur or a little film-made mark in the corner are not discarded simply because of this. Photos are chosen based not only on things such as lighting and composition, but also on the emotions that they convey, and often, mistakes make the photo more personal.