A freelance photographer's work can make it into the magazine in a few ways.
An interesting pitch, with a strong portfolio and experience to back it up, is a great way for new photographers to get their work published. A photographer can pitch any idea to CG, bearing in mind the types of stories and photos we print.
Freelance photographers can also get published by sending CG an already completed body of work for review.
These image submissions also must be in-line with what the publication's style and subject matter and must follow strict file format requirements. High-quality, high-resolution JPEG is the accepted image format for CG.
Even if the pitch or completed work is compelling enough to make it in the magazine, CG always looks very closely at a photographer's portfolio.
"The very first thing we look at is their portfolio, their work and ability," says CG photo assistant Kathy Frankiewicz.
Portfolios are critical in determining whether a photographer is right for CG. There are qualities Frankiewicz and CG creative director Suzanne Morin look for in a portfolio:
After considering the portfolio, Frankiewicz and Morin look at a photographer's experience. Whether the person has shot for other magazines and what type of work they have done play a role in CG's decision.
However, "this doesn't mean there isn't room for new talent," Frankiewicz says, "but, experience is something we pay attention to."
Experience combined with imagination, resourcefulness and reliability are important qualities for a photographer to possess, especially for assignment work, another way to get published in CG.
Since there are so many variables when shooting for an assignment, like the weather and travel delays, "the more experience you have, then the more able you are to deal with those things," says Frankiewicz.
Once we are familiar with a photographer, their work, skills and experience, CG might assign the person to shoot a specific subject or story related to their niche and skill set.
A great portfolio, experience and the skills that come with it are what CG looks for when deciding to publish a photographer's work. Still, fresh faces with new experiences and portfolios are always welcome at the magazine.
"We're always on the lookout for new people and new talent," says Frankiewicz.
By Michela Rosano