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Getting To Know You – Featuring Photo Editor Diane Rice

July 6th, 2011

Many wedding photographers want to get their work featured in a magazine or an online editorial website without really knowing what steps to go about making this happen. I got my first editorial feature on the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine through a help of a friend/fellow photographer back in 2007. It was then that […]

 

Many wedding photographers want to get their work featured in a magazine or an online editorial website without really knowing what steps to go about making this happen. I got my first editorial feature on the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine through a help of a friend/fellow photographer back in 2007. It was then that I got to develop a relationship with their photo editor Diane Rice. Since then I have had the privilege of getting couple more weddings and some images from other events featured on there. Rather than giving you tips on how to go about submitting work, I thought it might be best to hear the advice from the main source. I recently had a chance to interview Diane and wanted to share that interview with everyone out there that might be interested in finding out more about what the photo editors are actually looking for in a photo submission.

Kenny Kim: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you end up being the photo editor for Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine?

Diane Rice: I’ve wanted to be a photo editor ever since I was a kid and I worked on my grade-school yearbook. I loved the feeling of collaborating with a team and creating a tangible product people can enjoy. I still thumb though my eighth-grade yearbook from time to time, and it’s interesting to compare it to what I’m doing now. I guess I’ve come a long way …

I went on to study graphic design and photography in college and later landed my first job as an assistant photo editor for a local newspaper group on Long Island, New York. When I wasn’t working the photo desk or covering local events, I freelanced as an assistant wedding photographer for a friend. I loved how intimate and unique each wedding was and how important the role of the photographer was in memorializing the event. So when I moved to Florida and started working for DWH, it was a natural fit! It was a perfect combination of two of my passions — being part of an amazing team and weddings!

KK: I’m sure you guys get lot of submissions for your magazine. Can you tell us about the process you guys go through for selecting images for the featured wedding section?

DR: First and foremost it’s about great photography! After we close an issue, I’ll go though all the submissions that came in over the past month and flag my favorites. I look for solid submissions where the collection of images tells a cohesive story about the couple, from great portraits to lots of details. The real weddings we feature are about both informing and inspiring our readers. Also, It’s important for us to make sure a good range of locations are represented, so I usually break submissions down into groups according to region. Once I’ve narrowed down the selection and made my top picks, I sit down with the art director and editor. We look though the selects and determine which ones tell the best stories and give us the most visual variety between the pages.

KK: What are some common mistakes photographers make when they are submitting their work?
DR: The biggest frustration for me is an incomplete submission, such as if I don’t have the proper information about a wedding (location, date, bride and groom’s home state) or if there are only couple shots and no details. This puts extra work on me to call in the missing elements. Often I’ll disregard the wedding entirely and defer to a submission where the photographer followed our guidelines. You have to appreciate a photographer who puts the effort into making things easier on us.

Another frustration is when photographers neglect to ask the couple’s permission in advance to not only use their photography editorially, but also to share their personal details. It’s always disappointing when you fall in love with an event only to find out the couple isn’t interested in sharing their story.

KK: What should the photographers be shooting during the wedding that you guys are looking for in a wedding?

DR: All of our real weddings are anchored by one main image, which sets the tone of the story. For this we ask our contributors to shoot an artistic, candid, environmental portrait of the couple, usually a horizontal or easily cropped vertical. We like the place to shine as much as the people! The mood/style/essence is what we’re trying to capture. Our tagline is “the travel magazine for brides and grooms,” so for us it’s important to capture the vibe and unique nature of each destination, especially since many of our bides have never been to their destinations of choice prior to their weddings. Also, we love the unique details! The shoes, the bouquet, the rings, the cake, the food, the decor and very pulled-back images of the ceremony so the setting shines!

KK: Are there any specific destination locations you guys have not covered that you would love to feature?

DR: Wow, that’s a tough one. We’ve covered a pretty wide range of locations in the three-plus years I’ve been with the brand, including Easter Island, a mountaintop in New Zealand only accessible by helicopter, remote atolls in the South Pacific, and African safaris. However, I have yet to receive a submission from Greenland or Iceland. I’d love to run one … especially if they had dog sleds!

KK: What do you think is the ratio between local vs. destination weddings? Are there pros and cons to planning a destination wedding?

DR: In 2000, destination weddings made up 5 percent of the bridal market; today, they comprise 20 percent of the market — and with 2.2 million weddings each year in the U.S., that’s a substantial number.

A wedding away is surprisingly cost-effective. Many destination venues offer free planning help. Plus, you save on decor because with a destination wedding, your location supplies the theme — when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn’t take much to dress it up. Also, destination weddings tend to have smaller guest lists and often span a few days, which means — now that you’ve gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them!

There are admittedly some additional logistics to consider. Planning over the phone can be tricky — it’s not like you can just run over to the florist after work to tweak your order. The trick is finding trusted vendors you can rely on to interpret your vision. Planners can be a huge help.

KK: Can you tell us a proper step for publication submission for Destination Weddings & Honeymoons?

DR: The first thing I ask is that photographers obtain permission from each couple before submitting their photography, and that they confirm the wedding qualifies as a destination wedding. By DWH standards, the couple must travel 100 miles or a two-hour drive from home. All submitted weddings must have been shot in the past year. I generally ask photographers to submit 100-150 images, including environmental portraits and lots of details via CD/DVD. Oh, and don’t forget to send a copy of the submission form. You can download our submission guidelines and view upcoming deadlines here:
http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/real-weddings/submit-your-wedding

KK: Any other advice would you give to photographers or in general?
DR: Never stop learning — keep up to date on the trends, read blogs and photographer forums, pick up magazines and study what kind of images are making it into print. Photography, more than many arts, is a medium of the moment, so we need to stay informed and keep our fingers on the pulse of society. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with it! Shoot what you love and what charges your creative mojo!

Thank you so much Diane for your time and sharing! You can find out more about the magazine by visiting their website or joining them on facebook. You can also follow Diane on twitter @DianeRicePhoto.

I have couple of workshops coming up that you guys might be interested in:
1) England one day workshop hosted by Sarah P Photography – September 21, 2011. Corsham, Wiltshire, UK. Visit this website for more information:http://store.kennykim.com/england_workshop/

2) PhotoVenture IV with Kenny Kim & Friends – Special Guest Bob Davis
November 14-20, 2011. Venice, Italy & the areas surrounding that region. Visit http://photoventure.kennykim.com for more information.

At both of these events, I’ll be going over some topics related to destination wedding photography. Hope to see you at one of the events!

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Wedding at the historic Rookery Building in Chicago, IL

June 7th, 2011

Julie & Hong tied their knot first in Seoul, Korea. They wanted to celebrate it again by having a wedding reception back in the USA. They decided to celebrate this occasion at the historic Rookery Building in downtown Chicago. They were surrounded by close group of friends and family members in a beautiful afternoon. Here […]

 

Julie & Hong tied their knot first in Seoul, Korea. They wanted to celebrate it again by having a wedding reception back in the USA. They decided to celebrate this occasion at the historic Rookery Building in downtown Chicago. They were surrounded by close group of friends and family members in a beautiful afternoon. Here are a few shots from their wedding. For more, visit my facebook page

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Portfolio + Workshop V – Chicago, IL

May 2nd, 2011

My buddy Ray Santana & I started Portfolio + Workshop with a goal to help photographers get their wedding business started on the right track. The first four workshops were held down in sunny Miami but this time we decided to take it on the road. Our next location was obvious: we wanted to bring […]

 

My buddy Ray Santana & I started Portfolio + Workshop with a goal to help photographers get their wedding business started on the right track. The first four workshops were held down in sunny Miami but this time we decided to take it on the road. Our next location was obvious: we wanted to bring Portfolio + Workshop to the coolest city in the U.S.!!! I might be a bit biased since I am from here but if you come to visit, you’ll agree with me (Just stay away during the winter ;-)) that Chicago was the perfect place to host our next workshop.

We gathered at Kenny Nakai’s brand new studio in Chicago. Nathan Holritz of Photographer’s Edit joined us as our guest speaker as well as our sponsor for this event. Many friends in our industry have gathered to make this event possible. Big thanks goes out to Lillian at Starlight Makeup in Chicago for the amazing job styling the bride & the groom models. Gorgeous bouquets were designed by Grace at Vale of Enna Flowers. Charlene at Sweet Chic Events, Inc. & Pure Kitchen Catering provided a sweet table top for everyone to photograph.

Big thanks goes out to: Pixel2Canvas, Photographer’s Edit and Album Crafters for their support in sponsoring this workshop along with Camera Bits and Kubota Image Tools. We also like to thank Courtney Hildebrand from Modern Luxury Media for paying us a visit to talk about the importance of advertising.

All in all Portfolio + Workshop V was a big success and we are glad that photographers that attended this workshop left with valuable lessons and tools to help them get their business started. Here are some photos that were captured of our models during our photoshoot session the second day:

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Experimenting with Vintage Action using Kubota Image Tools

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Here’s our group. I think some of us were a little bitter from the cold weather (hint: Uncle Ray). 🙂

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Our goal during the shoot was to help the photographers learn how to capture these kind of images right out of the camera. Most us put our gear in Auto mode with AWB and spend countless hours behind the computer trying to perfect our image. Instead we taught everyone how to use proper color temperature and exposure to get the results in your camera. These images were pretty much out of the camera with a little saturation & sharpening added along with a touch of skin softening – three quick actions using Kubota Image Tools) will help everyone to learn and perfect the craft of using your camera as a tool to capture what you see. Hope to see you guys at the next workshop. Stay tuned for our next location in the future. For more information, visit the website.

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Kenny Kim Promotional Video Version 2

March 4th, 2011

Many times, I am commissioned for weddings outside of my town which makes it impossible for me to meet the potential clients. Videos are a great way for your clients to get to know you as a person and a photographer without meeting physically in person. While meeting people face to face is still the […]

 

Many times, I am commissioned for weddings outside of my town which makes it impossible for me to meet the potential clients. Videos are a great way for your clients to get to know you as a person and a photographer without meeting physically in person. While meeting people face to face is still the best, video is another great way to make an introduction. I recently had a chance to work with Chris & Oliver Cinema to put together a video that showcased some of the places I have been to this past year and compiled a video/interview. This was debuted at my WPPI platform presentation: “Confessions of a Wedding Photographer”. Here is a promo poster for my talk:

And here is the video that was played at the presentation:

Kenny Kim Promotional Video Version 2 from Kenny Kim on Vimeo.

Hope you guys enjoyed it!

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It’s a Small World After All: A New York Love Story of Tina & Richard

September 11th, 2010

It wasn’t Disneyland, but it was definitely one of those small world stories. Richard and Tina had been planning a summer wedding at the famous New York Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, NY. Tina began researching wedding photographers and at the suggestion of a friend, she looked up my website. When she noticed my studio was […]

 

It wasn’t Disneyland, but it was definitely one of those small world stories.

Richard and Tina had been planning a summer wedding at the famous New York Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, NY. Tina began researching wedding photographers and at the suggestion of a friend, she looked up my website. When she noticed my studio was based in Chicago, she jokingly asked her fiancé if he knew me – given he was also from Chicago. When Richard shot back “Sure, I grew up with him,” she laughed off his joke and went on her merry way of planning their wedding. And I’m sure you know where this story is going…

We did grow up together! We attended the same church together for years but when high school ended, we unfortunately lost touch. I was photographing another wedding last year when I ran into Richard’s parents. They informed me Richard was dating a young woman and was going to be getting married soon. A few weeks later Richard and Tina contracted me to photograph their wedding day!

I love small world stories like that and we had a great time laughing about just HOW small the world really is. What’s even more remarkable is that two amazing people like Richard and Tina found each other. I had always respected Richard. He is a true gentleman and nothing but class. Tina is just the perfect compliment to his demeanor and I couldn’t be happier for them.

This New York Botanical Garden wedding turned out to be one of the most charming weddings I’ve ever had the honor of photographing, and how could it not be? It was coordinated and catered by the amazing Abigail Kirsch Events – one of the absolute finest wedding coordinators in New York City! And the hot, humid weather New York had been experiencing seemed to take a brief hiatus – just for the day – so that Tina and Richard, their family, friends and honored guests, could all enjoy a nice, warm summer wedding in the garden.

I also like to thank Nicole Chan for coming to assist me that day all the way from Boston! Here are some photos from this perfect wedding day (For more photos, visit their Facebook Gallery):

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

New York Botanical Gardens Wedding of Tina & Richard

Richard & Tina! Thankfully, it really is a small, small world and I’m so honored to have played a small part of your world on July 31st. Congratulations to the two of you!

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