Cristine Thomas is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Today’s Bride SF, the Bay Area’s longest running wedding publication. With a background in sales and marketing, Cristine brings her business savvy to the Northern California wedding industry and beyond. She has shared her expertise at such notable conferences like Wedding MBA, regional NACE events and Association for Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. Today she talks with us about what she looks for in wedding submissions sent to Today’s Bride SF via Two Bright Lights. Submit today before their print deadline of September 15th!
Two Bright Lights: What are you looking for when you review wedding submissions on Two Bright Lights?
Cristine Thomas: We’re looking for fun and inspiring ideas, themed weddings, couples of color and of course, romance .
TBL: What makes for a stand-out submission?
CT: It has a lot to do with the décor, theme and setting. We L-O-V-E lots of details. A variety of close-up and wide shots. Fun photos of the wedding party and guests. Images with room to crop so they can fit our magazine’s layout.
TBL: What style of photography do you typically prefer?
CT: All styles! The only ‘type’ of images we don’t particularly care for are those shot with a fisheye lens.
TBL: Any top tips for how to get published in Today’s Bride SF?
CT: Send multiple submissions and lots of images, but choose weddings worthy of print. This means great décor and/or identifiable theme, nice location, unique hook/concept, etc. It’s not always about the budget. It’s about the inspiration!
TBL: What submission requirements should photographers keep in mind?
Two Bright Lights users can check out our publication profile or head to Today’s Bride SF. We do consider submissions that have been featured in print outside of the Northern California area, as well as those featured on blogs.
TBL: What are some of your favorite wedding trends this season? What do you particularly love about Bay Area weddings?
CT: The backdrop! From outdoor weddings with ocean or vineyard views, to historical mansions and ultra-modern spaces, we love it when a photographer captures the ‘backdrop’ as well as the couple.
TBL: Anything else you’d like to share?
CT: We feature weddings from around the world. The submission deadline for our real wedding features is September 15th.
We also accept stylized ‘tablescape’ submissions. An extension for stylized shoots ‘in-the-works’ can be arranged.
Print Submission Deadlines for Today’s Bride SF
September 15th, 2014: Real Weddings
Photo courtesy of Sarah Maren Photography