Hello lovely Bayside Bride readers! Thank you so much for visiting with us today! This post is especially for our photographer and videographer friends in the wedding world! If you came to see a beautiful wedding please visit one of these fantastic throw-back wedding posts instead!
Alright, now that the wedding hungry masses are satisfied, it is time for us to get down to business! A few weeks ago Natalie and I were lucky enough to chat with Liz & Ryan on Shoot and Share Live. Aside from learning that we both have an affinity for hand on hip poses & nautical striped shirts, we were able to share what we look for in wedding submissions!
Because Bayside Bride has such a specific niche, the content of real wedding submissions is key! Our criteria for content is two fold – the wedding must take place in the Cheasapeake Bay region (this does not necessarily mean waterfront) or it must feature a nautically themed wedding. We often receive submissions for Ocean City or Dewey Beach and while we love nothing more than taking a trip to sunny, sandy shores, we are looking specifically for bay weddings, engagements, and styled shoots. For more information, feel free to watch our whole Shoot & Share below!
Tips on increasing your chances of having a submission accepted (on any blog):
- Make all of the information easily accessible to the editors. This means including a full list of vendors who worked on the event as well as contact information for the bride or groom. We also love to have a short write up from you about the event & will often feature parts of it.
- Be personal! Behind the screen of a wedding blog sits a real person! We are always more than happy to speak with you about a submission or answer any questions. If you’re unsure about a submission, feel free to ask. Creating relationships with editors will always help your chances too – we love seeing sweet, kind-hearted people succeed!
- Follow submission guidelines. This may sound like a given, but reading the fine print is essential! Most blogs have a page that explains exactly what we need. You can find our guidelines here. This page shares with you our size requirements, minimum number of images, and how to submit.
- Narrow it down. Just because we include a minimum number of images in our guideline does not mean we need to see all 1,500+ photographs. You’ll want to streamline your submission so that it is as easy as possible for the editor to select the images they want. (Hint: My golden number is somewhere around 50 images).
- Submit via PASS or another site that packages images together for easy download. Other photo sharing where you must download individual images is extremely time consuming.
- Share. Always be sure to share with your social media followers when you have been featured! This makes bloggers not only feel that they are being appreciated, but also helps drive up the number of pageviews (something we take into consideration the next time you submit).