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How to Contact Magazines, Blogs & Publications

Lesson 30 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

How to Contact Magazines, Blogs & Publications

Lesson 30 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

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30. How to Contact Magazines, Blogs & Publications


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography


How Are You Perceived as a Photographer?


Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You


Activity: What Are Your Photography Goals?


Owning Your Own Style


Preparing for a Photoshoot


The Importance of Research


Lesson Info

How to Contact Magazines, Blogs & Publications

story. Inspiration can come from anywhere. So that whole pitch about Alaska. My dad came from this ridiculous conversation I had with my dad at Christmas time. So what happened was my dad's getting up there and he's getting super morbid about, like, getting old. He's just like, I'm not gonna be around much longer, you know, like Dad, what's on your bucket list? He's like, I don't have a bucket list. You know, he was really kind of curmudgeonly. Only dad, you know, used to like trouble of the world like I don't understand your too old And he's like, I'm too old for adventures and I had this whole He's like, your memories die with you, Like That's horrible. You know, we have this conversation that, you know, he was just feeling really Karajan Lee and I just thought that was really sad. And I wanted to show him that, Yeah, you can still have adventures on your older like, let's do an adventure, you know? So So I took him on. I invited him out to L. A. To go on a father daughter road trip,...

and that time I was like a father daughter bonding and then when I booked the trip and I bottom of trains like I've always want to go on to trains. I bought him a train ticket out to California and we did a whole road trip. And at the time I was like, This is the most one on one time ever spent with my dad like, what if I don't? You know, this is a good thing and in the bigger, really fun thing and we had such a great time. I went home and I said, and my dad picked me up and he started joking, like with me, because he's becoming forgetful now. Not that he's seen everything was becoming forgetful. So he's like, Gosh, you know, I've always wanted to take a train out to California like acting like he forgot all about the trip and it had never happened. And I was like, Dad to complaint this game because, you know, I could just start photo shopping, you know, like Alaska pictures and be like Dad, wasn't that trip amazing that I took you on Alaska? And I like the way less expensive than actually taking you to Alaska. You know, we're joking about you know, And and then I knew because I had been hinting that I wanted to take my dad to Alaska, and that would be his Christmas gift. So then, after that conversation, like really take my dad to Alaska and then I was like, How do I do this? Because I was going to buy him a cruise anyway. But there's so I started researching cruises and there's just so many options and the prices, and I know what time a year you want to go and I don't know my schedule and, you know, maybe he wanted to something different. So I wanted to offer the gift of a cruise on my dad without actually purchasing the cruise. So I started thinking like, How could I do this? And I went Teoh and downloaded Sure that you can download and photoshopped my dad in to the Princess Cruises brochure. So this is like they're legit. Rocher, by the way, their brochure is ridiculous. It's like 100 and something pages long. It's so intense. So and I'm not gonna photoshopped him into, like, 100 pages. I What I did was I printed all 100 pages out in black and white at Kinko's or something. And then I took maybe six of the pictures and I'd taken picture on the road trip I did with my dad in California and photoshopped him into their Buscher and then printed those pictures and color, left the rest of it back away, rebounded like the real Princess Cruises brochure and then wrap that up as a Christmas gift for my dad's. I'm giving Labour sure, like you got a cruise and as you flipping through it, he's in the pictures. So this is the cover of the brochure, and this is my dad. Moved like in the real life. I think he was leaning on a fence like somewhere, and I took that photo and, like, Photoshopped them in with the moves. And then he and I on the left picture. We were actually standing inside of Antelope Canyon like inside of this cavern, looking up, and I took that picture. Photoshopped. Tim and I had way too much fun doing that. My sisters and I, all a Christmas really dying during this. It was really fun. Um, it just, you know, put my dad and I and all the scenery for Alaska like Dad. Don't you remember? We were there? Uh, this is my favorite. Like, honestly, like I knew what was happening. He were at a car show, and he was making fun of this old fashioned car from, like, the thirties or forties that had a really ugly Oh, in the front of it, I'm afraid. The name of the car anyway, he likes didn't run in the car and, like, made that face and I stopped that photo. And then I ended up using it against him in the Alaska hit brochure. But, I mean, I put him a little Eskimo outfit up there. The top, right? So Dad's getting the full adventure in Alaska. I had already done this as a gift, right? And then once I had decided I was going to take my dad to Alaska and given this gift that Christmas, I started pitching because I'm like, Well, this is gonna get expensive, like it matters will pitch this because it's a really cool story idea. I had to convince my dad that you're not too old for adventure, and I write about adventure, So why not write a whole story about this and actually take my dad on an adventure, so I had pitched it to the border tourism of Alaska. They told me they didn't have a budget. And then and then they sent me over to Princess Cruises. And so I wrote that exact pitch letter to Princess Cruises and then sent this pdf to them and they within five minutes of receiving that email, called me on the phone and said, That's the funniest thing we've ever seen. Like they're like, That's ridiculous. And we want to invite you and your dad to come to Alaska And so it was amazing. They I'm so excited. I've never been to Alaska. It's been a dream of mine to, But, you know, my dad and I had to pick out adventures that we could do together because he is. He can't really walk that well, so I had to pick them like Dad, you're gonna have to be okay with going on a helicopter landing on a glacier like I have to write about adventure to like, I can't just don't worry. There's gonna be like Buffy isn't casino stuff, but we've got to do some of this. He's like what Those dangerous. I'm like, I'm like having to convince my dad, but it's been a really fun adventure, and I and within that it's not just one story. I'm sure from this trip I'm going to be able to write many, many stories about Alaska and my experience and the different things you can do and the list goes on. I can probably use some of these pictures for stock imagery. There's the list goes on. But I This idea. I wanted to show you this whole concept because again, it was sort of like my James Bond idea where I'm like, got this hair brained idea watching a James Bond movie and turned it in to reality. So this kind of silly, ridiculous gift idea that I did for my dad translated itself into a really amazing trip for my dad and I and something I've been wanting to give to him forever and and it's actually coming true, and it's because I made myself stand out somehow. You know, I wasn't just asking for something. I was showing them like I'm a little creative. I'm a little like funny. Like I write adventure travel. This is like my personality with my dad and I and Andi, you know? And they and they like that. They took notice. Somebody saw that. I immediately called me, so I wanted to talk about that.

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Ratings and Reviews


I've been listening for, like, two hours. OMG. Like, I could, like, you know, get more from this if, like, she stopped jibbering and get to, like, you know, the topic? She sounds more like a rambling stream-of-thought teenager than a mature adult giving a succinct organized presentation. In two hours, I have, like, learned about two or three things I can, like, use. Like, Ehhhh...? It's like, bor-ing! Like, whutttt? Is she, like, 15 or what? Sheesh.

a Creativelive Student

I have to start by saying that I was lucky enough to be part of the live audience in this class! What Laura has shared this 2 days, is something that will have taken me a few years to learn. Thank you for remanding me that we create our own opportunities and we have to go for what we want instead of waiting for it to happened and will these tips your share in this class, will make it a lot easier to approach editors or potential clients to be able to conquer my goals! Thanks you very much Laura and Creative Live for making all these possible for the photo community all around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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