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My new serie How to Make a Living from Wildlife Photography is all about how I manage to turn my biggest passion, wildlife photography into a full time job. My goal with this series is to inspire you and to share my experiences on how to start a photography business.
In this first episode of How to Make a Living from Wildlife Photography I am going to share with you how to get published as a nature photographer – or as a photographer in general. Actually it isn’t me who is passing on these tips and advice, because I am visiting a person who is much better qualified to do that – Louise Hagemann who is the managing editor of the number 1 photo magazine in the Nordic countries – Digital Photo.
As I promised, in the vlog I am just going to write down the few but very important principals, that you can follow to increase the chance of getting published, when you are contacting a magazine.
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••• A FEW GUIDELINES ON HOW TO GET PUBLISHED •••
1. Buy the magazine or magazines you would like to get published in and read them carefully to get an understanding on the concept, the style of photos, the stories and most important – what message the magazine wants to pass on to their readers. Is it educational, inspiration, nature conservation, scientific or adventure?
Understanding this will give you a much better chance to send them a pitch that will catch their attention.
2. Magazines get tons of emails from photographers, so you have to put a lot of effort into your pitch!!
Angle your story and find the 5-10 best photos. Then create your pitch by writing an email of between half to a maximum of 1 full page – ALWAYS start with a catching intro and go straight to the heart of the story.
This is called the elevator pitch – imagine you are riding an elevator with a total stranger – in a very short time, you have to tell them what your story is about and make them really interested and want to know more.
3. Don’t just be a photographer – be a storyteller as well! If you are passionate and enthusiastic about your photography and you are able to share this passion in some short stories, most magazines are more likely to be interested – images of lions and bears they can find on Shutterstock and 500pix.
Even if you can’t write – they will very often help you – as long as you have the story:)
4. If you have a story just send it in – don’t be afraid of getting a no. Or 10 no’s!! One day you will get a yes and that day might be sooner than you might think.
I really hope this first episode has inspired you to pitch your favorite stories and I wish you all the best luck in getting published.
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••• HOW TO MAKE A LIVING FROM NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY •••
How to make a living from nature photography and photography in general was one of the questions I would have loved to get answered about 10 years ago when I first started out as a semi-professional nature and wildlife photographer – because running a photography business is not always easy.
In this new series of videos I am taking you behind the scenes on some of my jobs and at the same time I am explaining how I do things and why. I am going to tell about making a photo book, making an exhibition, selling prints, doing lectures, writing articles and stuff like that.
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••• WHO I AM •••
My name is Morten Hilmer and I work as a professional nature and wildlife photographer. In a series of videos I will share my fascination of nature and the animal kingdom with you and invite you behind the scenes when I am out photographing the fascinating wildlife, the stunning landscapes and the wild nature. I work as a ILCP photographer, and nature conservation is very close to my heart.
Read more about my time in the Sirius Dogsled Patrol:
Beside the many publications, my photographs have been awarded in the Wildlife photographer of the year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year photo competitions.
In spring 2017 I published my book Silence of the North:
See you out there !
All the best