Features and editorial work …what is the difference? | jamestown, ny photographer

It is always fun to be acknowledged in publications and magazines! -and there are a few different ways in which this takes place.

Editorial jobs are when you are hired by a company, magazine, or publication in advance. Your role is then to coordinate, style, and arrange a shoot of a person(s), product, or scene for print. These jobs can be a lot of work, and they generally include a paycheck.

In contrast being Featured happens after the fact. Features can be of an individual session, a category of your work, or even you as a business/artist as a whole. An editor will find or use images you have already taken for a past client, and decide they would be useful to their form of media. You have little control over the images chosen and how they are represented. In this situation your time and image is in exchange for publicity.

I have been honored to have many editorial jobs in the last five years. It is so rewarding to see my work in print, and a stretching and challenging experience to convey the vision of my client in the format and layout they require, rather than just my own. (For example magazine cover’s need shot vertical 8-1/2 x 11 with room for a title and headlines, this is not my typical way of shooting.)

Features do not put food on the table, but to me they are very meaningful. At this point in the photography industry, there are few defined standards. Consistent and quality work to the un-informed person can be relative and subjective. So being acknowledged by those in the industry, and to be chosen for publication by editors who have a trained eye is always a privilege. Secondly, I have such beautiful clients!! – and it is always nice to see them get a second round of deserved attention!

Below are a few features and editorial jobs from 2012. The “Featured In” tab above will list several more for anyone interested, though that needs updated also.

(The images below are screenshots, full features can be found by clicking on the Feature Title.)

Bump Smitten Maternity Feature

Inspire Me Baby: Guest writer in regards to Harnessing Natural Light

Done Brilliantly – Artist Feature


Style Sweets Magazine


Baby Lifestyles Magazine – (February/March – 2012)

Senior Style Guide (2012)

Indie Tot

Laporte Jewelers – Spring Advertisement 2012

Editorial: I was hired to set up a photo shoot for this company’s 2012 marketing campaign last January. The results were lovely, and my clients/models did such an amazing job! The company owners were looking for images that conveyed the timeless and generational aspects of their jewelry. This image was chosen for their first round of print.

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