WHY HAVENT YOU ANSWERED MY EMAIL?
If you take the time to write to us, we will certainly honour that by taking the time to write back to you. Even if your submission is unsuccessful we will still drop you a line to let you know. We get hundreds of emails a day and it’s because we make the effort to write back to each and every one, it can sometimes take us 3 – 4 weeks to respond.
If you have not heard from us in two weeks and you are anxious to know about a submission please send us a follow up email. But sending us a follow up email every second day doesn’t help us get through the emails any faster. Your submission is important to us and we will get to your email as soon as we can.
WHY WASN’T MY SUBMISSION SUCCESSFUL?
We get thousands and thousands of submissions a year. Of these we feature 200 real weddings on the blog through out the year and only 40 real weddings in the four issues of Hello May magazine we produce annually, and the sad truth is there is simply not enough days in the year for us to feature everyones work.
Some submissions are simply not of the quality or style that we like to feature, and if this is the case we will happily give you our honest feedback but more often than not it comes down to too much of a good thing. For example, if we already have several South Coast ‘country style’ weddings in our schedule we won’t accept any for a month or two. Or if we already have two Victorian weddings ear marked for a printed issue of Hello May magazine we will start to look for weddings from other states for that issue.
Should your submission be unsuccessful it doesn’t mean we don’t love it to bits, it simply means we already have similar content in our schedule and we encourage you to keep on submitting.
WHY DO YOU FEATURE SOME VENDORS MORE OFTEN THAN OTHERS?
The answer to this is simple. Some vendors simply submit to us on a more regular basis. They know what kind of weddings our readers like and send them our way frequently. Anyone is welcome to submit to us as often as they like.
WHEN WILL MY SUBMISSION APPEAR?
As we schedule posts in advance, once a submission has been accepted and all relevant information has been collected it could be anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks before your submission goes live on the site. If your submission is timely, ie: the launch of a new collection or a giveaway we will work with you to develop a suitable timeframe to roll our your post.
WHERE WILL MY SUBMISSION APPEAR?
We often get asked where the submission will appear – in the magazine or on the website. All content submitted exclusively to www.hellomay.com.au will be considered for placement in a printed issue of Hello May however we only accept submissions for the website. What goes in the magazine is at the editors discretion.
Please bare in mind we have a limited amount of pages each issue where we make every effort to offer our readers diverse and balanced content, should your submission not make the magazine it doesn’t mean we don’t love it to bits, it simply means we already have similar content in the magazine in which case it will appear on the website where it will be promoted heavily across all of our social media platforms, schedule permitting.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DIVERSE AND BALANCED CONTENT?
The magazine comes down to balance really. We only publish 10 real weddings each issue and first up we try to ensure we have one from every state, in an effort to support and promote vendors Australia wide.
From there we have to make sure we have a good mix of indoor and outdoor weddings, casual and more formal, long dresses and short dresses, big and small budgets, different races and religions etc etc in order to provide our readers with inspiration wide and varied. It’s quite the balancing act and a damn tough job!
We also like to make sure we have built up awareness of the photographers work first, so we rarely publish a wedding by a photographer unless they have submitted and featured a few weddings on our website first.
HOW DO WE MAKE THE COVER?
We have a little saying in the Hello May office. ‘We don’t choose the cover image, the cover image chooses us’. This simply means the image that jumps out at us the most, the one that, whilst flicking through thousands and thousands of images, makes us stop and go ‘wow’ – that’s the image that will end up on our cover.
We only feature real couples on our covers. We do this to further support Australian vendors and we are proud to say, besides colour correcting before going to print, we do not alter our images in any way shape or form.
Like any magazine we have a set style guide we like to follow. We always feature both the bride and groom (or groom and groom or bride and bride) full length and side by side. You’d be surprised how many different ways a couple can stand side by side together, and if you take a look back at our previous issues, you’ll see what we mean.
We tend to shy away from images that are too posed or serious looking. Preferring to showcase a sweet moment between the couple instead. They can be looking at each other, or cracking up laughing or looking forward at the photographer. We are not after staged too-cool-for-school photos and more often than not the cover image we choose is the frame AFTER the more serious portrait one, the one where the couple are relaxed and have let their guard down a little.
There are of course a few technical things, composition wise, we suggest you keep in mind should you be shooting a portrait you hope to see on a cover of Hello May one day.
- You can shoot horizontally or vertically but you need to ensure there is enough ground at the base of the couples feet for cover lines and bleed.
- We also need enough space either side of the couple to be able to size and centre them as we see fit. Sometimes we have to pass up on the perfect cover image simply because it’s shot too tightly and there is not enough room for us to play around with the positioning on the cover. For this reason horizontal images tend to make the cover more often than vertical ones.
- There needs to be quite a large clear area above the couples heads for the Hello May masthead and issue details. We encourage you to check out past issues to see what we mean. A good rule of thumb is to have the horizon line fall somewhere below the couples shoulders.
- We are open to all kinds of settings and backgrounds here at Hello May. Your couple could be standing against a rocky outcrop with nothing but dark and moody clouds in the background, on a dirt road with golden hour sun glistening through the trees or on the beach with a bright blue sky and majestic ocean behind them. We are open to photo’s taken indoors too but clutter free images with nothing too distracting in the background always seem to win out on the day.
WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR MAGAZINE?
We are stocked in over 3000 newsagents through out Australia and New Zealand. Head to our stockists page, where you can search by postcode or suburb for your nearest stockist. If your local doesn’t stock Hello May, you can request they order it in for you. Alternatively you can pick up the current issue, and any back issues not sold out on our online store.
HOW MANY ISSUES DO YOU DO A YEAR?
We are a quarterly publication, which means we produce four issues a year! We are independently owned and run and producing the magazine is very much a collaborative effort between Sophie, Hello May’s publisher and creative director and the many talented vendors that make up the Australian wedding industry. We also publish a special fifth edition annually, the Hello May Real Wedding Special.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT ADVERTISING WITH HELLO MAY?
Advertising on Hello May is via invitation only. We pride ourselves on seeking out the best of the best the industry has to offer, so should you choose to spend your carefully saved, (and hard earned), advertising dollars with us you’ll know you will always be in good company. If you would like a media kit, simply drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with MEDIA KIT in the subject line, and should your product or service be the right fit for our readers, and/or a space be available in your category, we will happily send you out a media kit and we can chat from there about the joys of joining the Hello May creative community.
CAN I PAY YOU TO WRITE ABOUT MY BUSINESS?
We get asked this all of the time and the short answer is no. The media industry is saturated with paid for editorial (or advertorial, as it’s called in the magazine world). The wedding industry has set a particularly bad standard for this. Photographers are asked to cough up $1500 to simply have a wedding featured in a magazine, or designers charged to have a gown included in a fashion editorial. Things like social media promotion and blog posts are being charged out at a premium and we simply refuse to take part.
Ad’s are clearly ad’s, and a great way for our vendors to promote their product or services to our loyal and growing readership. We don’t try and trick and deceive our readers into thinking its editorial and every single product and vendor featured on our website and in our magazine does so for no other reason than we think they are a bit great.
BUT IVE SEEN YOU FEATURE YOUR ADVERTISERS EDITORIALLY?
We are advertising by invitation only, so if a business or vendor has been invited to advertise with Hello May, then naturally we think they are totally awesome and would there fore feature them editorially anyway, regardless if they advertise or not.