Thank you so much for your interest in submitting content to Forever & Always! I love to publish on these pages weddings, engagements, or styled shoots that I know will inspire the couples who come here to plan their New Zealand wedding. I love anything that showcases this beautiful country, the creativity and distinctive style of Kiwi couples, the talent of local wedding industry peeps, beautiful photography (that captures the emotion and all important moments that fill a wedding, as well as our gorgeous landscapes) and of course a great love story! If your submission features any or all of the above then read on because I would love to hear from you.
If you are a wedding professional or creative with a product or service you think F&A couples would love, then please pop across to the Advertise page, or email me at email@example.com for more information on partnering with Forever & Always.
Before diving into your submission, please have a read of the guidelines below……
I love a good wedding and aim to feature as many as possible, from the Queenstown elopement, to the Waihiki winery wedding and everything in between. It doesn’t matter if it was a backyard DIY affair with a budget of $1000 or a grand estate wedding with a couture wedding dress; if it celebrates love and showcases Kiwi style, our talented wedding pros and this beautiful country of ours I would love to see it.
Brides-to-be like to see everything from the getting ready photos right through to the moment last drinks are called and the getaway. Therefore I would love to see within your submission a good mix of portraits and details. I want to see beautiful shots of the invitations, the bouquets, the cake, the place settings, the escort cards, and of course the fashion, along with the venue and overall styling of the ceremony and reception.
Before submitting, please be sure your couple are happy to have their wedding published and are willing to complete F&As’ wedding publication form – which should take no longer than an hour, or possibly two depending on how much they want to share.
Styled Shoots and DIYs
There is no better way to showcase your work than with the creative freedom of a Styled Shoot! The best ones however are those that most closely resemble a real wedding – with a loved up couple and all of the details brides & grooms look for when planning their New Zealand wedding: a beautiful setting, styling and decor, wedding cake and stationery, as well as fashion and finishing touches.
For a styled shoot to be accepted I want to see inspiring photographs of ALL of the elements, NOT lots of shots of just one or two. If you wish to highlight the work or services of just one or two vendors, please head across to my Advertise page for details on Sponsored Posts.
Before submitting, please be sure you have all of the credits, and that all of the vendors involved are in agreement with regards to appearing on these pages.
I carefully curate your submission, be it a wedding, inspiring styled shoot or engagement, down to about 20 – 50 photos to create a post that F&As couples will love. So, please make sure you submit enough images to allow me to select the ones I know that will work best – but not so many that it will make choosing impossible. Somewhere between 60 and 150 images is usually best.
I appreciate that there are many different types of photographic styles, and I want Forever & Always to showcase them all. I love images that fall in the same photographic style and colour story rather than a mix – posts make much more of an impact when the images within them flow beautifully together. And please, no random filter effects or obviously photoshopped images.
With your submission please send through 60-150 images without watermarks, branding or borders – I know you want to protect your work, but no matter how small or subtle, watermarks and logos are distracting in posts.
I am happy to accept images via Dropbox, ZIP, We Transfer, Pixieset, PASS or anything that allows me to download ALL images at once quickly and easily. I don’t mind how large they are, as long as they are a MINIMUM of 850 pixels wide (portrait or landscape they must be at least 850 pixels wide), I can easily resize them down to the size I need.
Please label the image folder with your business name + the couples name/shoot name – downloading hundreds of folders titled “Forever & Always Submission” can get so confusing and leads to delays in response.
I prefer submissions to come from photographers, because they own the Copyright to their work. However, I am happy to accept submissions that are accompanied with an email from the photographer giving consent for their images to be published on Forever & Always. I can not accept an email that doesn’t specify Forever & Always, or worse still names another blog, so please be sure that your photographer is happy to contact me with their consent before submitting.
Whilst I will gladly be the first to publish, I do not stipulate exclusivity. I firmly believe great work shouldn’t be hidden away for only the lucky few to stumble upon, it should be shared and shouted from the rooftops! So, I am happy to see your work being published and showcased in magazines or on other blogs. Therefore, please feel free to submit weddings and shoots that have already been published, all I ask is that you include in your submission where it has been published, a link to the post and when it can be re-published based on the exclusivity terms of the blog or magazine. And once your work has been featured on Forever & Always, please do submit it elsewhere for publication after 30 days.
Getting Your Submission to the Top of the Post Schedule
I receive A LOT of submissions every week, and I definitely appreciate brides, photographers and vendors who go the extra mile to make my life a little easier. So here are a few tips, pointers and observations that will improve the chances of your submission being accepted and published quicker……
- Make sure your submission is a good fit for Forever & Always.
- Include between 60 and 150 images sent via Dropbox, ZIP, We Transfer, Pixieset or PASS.
- Ensure images are a minimum of 850 pixels wide.
- If it’s a wedding, include a few details about the happy couple, their love story and the day.
- If it’s a styled shoot or DIY, include the business name and website URL for everyone involved.
- If you are not the photographer, ask the photographer to email me giving consent for their work to be published on F&A.
- Let me know if your submission has been published before, where (include a link) and when I can publish it.
Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the word ‘SUBMISSION’ + what type of submission it is, in the subject field of your email and I will come back to you as soon as possible. I try to reply, regardless of whether it is a yes or no, within 7 days, so if you have not heard from me within that time, please do send me a follow up email. I look forward to hearing from you!
Process After Submission
Whether or not your submission is accepted, you should hear back from me within 7 days – do please feel free to send me a follow up email if you don’t. If your submission is accepted, I will include in my response any information I require for a post (for example, for a real wedding this is likely to include a completed Wedding publication form + a few words from you the photographer; for an inspiration shoot the credits + a little bit about the inspiration behind the shoot) Once I have received everything I need, I will send you the publish date, followed by a confirmation on the day.
Here’s a little check list of things for you to do after you have been published, to maximise your posts exposure!
- Let the couple/vendors know – email them with a link to the post and ask for their help to spread the word.
- Be sure to share the news, along with your favourite image, on Instagram and hashtag #foreverandalwaysnz.
- Head to Forever & Always Facebook Page – find your post and be sure to like and share it to your Facebook Page.
- Pop across to Forever & Always on Pinterest – repin the lovely images from your post (and anything else you find and like!)
- Tweet your favourite image from your post along with a shortened link, use the hashtag #foreverandalwaysnz and don’t forget to @foreveralwaysnz.
- Feel free to share the news of the post and images from the wedding or shoot on your own business blog.
- And last but not least take a peek at Forever & Always’ Badges page, choose your favourite and add it to your website or blog!