The Submission Help

Moment Junkie will return with daily photos tomorrow. Today is the third post in the category “Essays”—after the ‘Welcome’ and ‘About Us’ posts that introduced us. We’re taking to writing this in order to give guidance and help to the photographers (and clients) who submit to us.

First, to all the submitters, thank you. No, seriously. Thank you. Every month we receive hundreds of photos for thirty places. Competition to be featured is tough, as it should be. We want to bring you the best of wedding photojournalism. The seeds of the idea for Moment Junkie started last November and where exactly we are and where we want to take the blog is still a work in progress.

Like our talented contributors did as new photographers, we are growing and developing our style and voice.

Please know just because we don’t accept your photo doesn’t mean it’s not good. Sometimes, it might simply be a case of bad luck and you sent it in at the wrong time for us — we have had to reject some really awesome photos because they are super similar to one that we just accepted, even if you haven’t seen it on the site yet.

So to help you figure out what we’re looking for, here are a few examples from recent months and reasons why they’ve been accepted.

The emotion is so tangible that it can stand alone:

If the moment is good but not totally an in your face moment then something else about the photo needs to be really cool for it to be selected.
In this case, it’s the dramatic lighting gives this photo the extra push to go from a maybe in our inbox, to being featured here.

In this case it’s the framing in the composition that take this from a nice horah moment to a “WOW, we really want to post that horah moment.”

If the moment is something we receive a lot of — garter tosses, dance floor shots, random kid shots, cake cutting, etc. (think moments that happen at most weddings)– good is not good enough. It needs to have something else that helps make it amazing.
For example, this one was accepted because it’s an unusual composition for a dance floor shot. Sam being down by the dancer makes the viewer feel like a part of the party, and it’s a double whammy because the woman in black also has a great expression.

We are sent a ton of hugging photos, but if they have a little extra something to make the picture unique that improves chances of the photo being accepted. This photo is doubly awesome because of the dad wiping his eyes in the background to give the picture an added layer.

Sometimes the moment is simply so unique that we have to post it.

How often do you see the father of the bride fist pounding the groom or a grandpa literally hitting the floor?


Tension in the frame is one of our favorite things in a photo.
This photographer probably has several other photos of the group walking into the reception but in the particular shot he sent us you can see the movement of the wind in their dresses. That, and the two bridesmaids outstretched hands along with the brides’ excited expression provide great tension.

Some photos may not necessarily show crazy emotion, but do feature really cool symmetry or composition.

We hope that clarifies things a bit. Feel free to leave any questions or comments on this post and we’ll respond to let you know our thoughts.

alexbeeThe Submission Help

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  1. Bryan Aulick

    Oh man, the old man fallen on the floor is one of my absolute favorites. Life is hilarious, just usually unnoticed. The bride and bridesmaids in the wind is beautiful, too.

  2. Paul Raeburn

    Loving looking at these pictures each day – great stuff. Just wondering though if there is a preference for horizontal pictures? All the shots I can think of are landscape, or am I wrong? I’ve considered an all horizontal portfolio because they look so much better on screen. Do you take the picture orientation into account? Would be interesting to know.

  3. Gwen

    I love so many of the photos on this blog! When can we start seeing some of the same sex weddings from the past month documented on here?!

  4. Hannah

    Ahh this blog is SO COOL! There is not enough appreciation for the photojournalistic approach to weddings, or at least not out loud where it counts. I’m so glad this exists!

  5. Harry Richards

    This site is so much fun!

    I’ve just submitted my first image. Do you allow multiple images? Also, you mentioned you require model release forms for images – is that only with professional models? It’s impossible to get clearances for all the guests from a wedding but I only submit my work for publication when I have general permission in writing from my clients, the Bride and Groom. Hopefully that’s OK.

    Thanks, Harry

  6. Amy

    I love this site!! What a brilliant idea, this is what it is all about. Will have to send in a couple of submissions to see if I get lucky!

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