It’s tough getting new photographers past the editor on big shoots. There’s several techniques:

1. Gang up. Get the Creative Director to back you in the meeting. “Oh yeah he’s great, I worked with him at my previous magazine and he always delivered.”

2. Shiny Objects. Toss out important people or magazines they’ve shot for. “He shot a feature in Vanity Fair recently.”

3. Padded Portfolio. Print the portfolio shots that back your case. “See, she really gets what we’re trying to achieve here.”

4. Play Dumb. Assign and feign telling them about it recently. “Oh, I thought we discussed that she was shooting this earlier.”

(I should note here that we don’t always run photographers by the editor it just happens from time to time)

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  1. Dear A Photo Editor —

    You rock! I get the importance of transparency, but I’m my own boss, so I don’t have to answer to the suits, as you unfortunately do. So, I recognize the importance of your being anonymous, and too, I appreciate that you exist, even in your anonymity.

    Keep up the good work. I’m going to do a speedlink to you, because I think there’s a lot to be learned from what you have to say.


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