Never Delete Any Old Images - Archive them Always
Since I went back into photography 15 years ago, I have not intentionally deleted any images, and I have even kept images from the previous period before that. I learned that deleting images was never a good idea, not as I sit in front of over 20TB of storage, and I know that I still have more in the attic and office.
If you have space, and let’s face it, storage is relatively cheap, why delete any images? If you look through books, none of the classic photographers disposed of any negatives, and now the work in many cases has more reverence and a place today than when it was taken. Like a vintage bottle of wine, sometimes images get better with time.
I have featured this set of images in the behind-the-scenes section of the website. The images were used once and then archived, but I also sent out the pictures to other magazines for submission. One of the magazines finally decided to run the images as an editorial.
The images have a fresh lease of life, and now I can see them proudly used again. Honestly, I often browse through previously archived images, especially in writing this blog, and it helps me keep a steady flow of content. To actually shoot just for the blog would be quite a challenge; however, pat shoots which are archived and now standing me in good stead to keep the blog interesting.
Pull Letters For Fashion Shoot Submissions
If you’re a stylist and you want to start working on editorials to get published in magazines, you need a pull letter before reaching out to designers and photographers to collaborate on an editorial project.
A magazine pull letter, also known as a commission letter or a letter of responsibility is what you need to borrow fashion items for magazine shoots. A pull letter is a contract written by the magazine between the stylist, the magazine itself and the designer for an editorial.
A stylist uses the pull letter as an official document to ask for pieces of clothing to facilitate the shoot and it includes the shoot dates, story theme, publication date, editor’s contact, and sample return date. The pull letter makes the magazine responsible for replacing the clothes if something were to happen to the wardrobe during a shoot while if a stylist can’t get a pull letter, the burden of financial responsibility will rest solely on the stylist. Pull letters will help you build youor portfolio by allowing stylists to pull the items for submission. based around your own mood boards.
At one time I found it tricky to get stylists and clothing and so I created an online magazine called Minus10. This was a submission based magazine and allowed photographers to get their work published, I mainly created this so I can create a pull letter to allow the photographer and stylist to collaborate and get the clothes for submission to my magazine, however I found it was a great way for my stylists to go out and pull clothes with my letter!
A while ago I let all this go based on time factor and could continue.