Denim+Grace: A Photography Magazine & Community

(All photos provided by Denim+Grace)

In my journey researching photography communities, I stumbled upon Denim+Grace. They are more than a community as they also produce a photography magazine which hosts a wide variety of topics (details below). Having them take the time to introduce & share a little about themselves to the Fearless and Framed community is beyond exciting! One of the things I’ve immediately loved about them is their philosophy for making this magazine into something relatable for growing photographers. Read the through the interview and learn how you could submit your own content to their popular magazine. {How thrilled would you be to be published?!}

Be sure to also bookmark (pin) our full list of communities we’ve found & learn about feature opportunities after reading this interview.

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Photography Magazine magazine for photographers

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1. Tell us a little about your photography community.

I’m Heather Tindall, Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Denim+Grace Magazine. Our monthly digital + print magazine is a mutual collaboration of our staff editors and op-ed contributors. We cover technical, business, and strategy topics in every issue. Mixing education + inspiration together, we’re devoted to helping photographers in the wedding, senior, child, family, newborn, boudoir and glamour genres grow and flourish in their business.

 

2. What is the mission and philosophy behind your community (why was it started)?

The mission of Denim+Grace Magazine is to foster creativity and fuel ingenuity; embrace diversity and encourage collaboration; rejuvenate the spirit and restore passion; and create enduring value and purpose. 

 

3. What sparked the idea for your community?

When I was first starting out as a portrait photographer in 2009, the photography magazine market was saturated with promotion of highly successful artists. While the imagery and words were incredibly inspirational, they never really shared their everyday struggles as a small business owner. I found them hard to relate to; climbing from my “just starting out” viewpoint to their level of success seemed unattainable. This sentiment seemed common among other photographers as well. Over the years, I learned some of my most valuable lessons from other photographers who were actively growing their business just as I was. In March 2013 during a chat with former co-founder Holli True, we found ourselves yearning to make a deeper impact on our industry. To seek out artists who were leading the frontline in their market with innovative techniques to grow their business, just as we were. We wanted to step out from behind the veil, so to speak, and share more authentic stories and lessons of what being a small business owner in the photography industry really looks like. To unite with other photographers growing their business one client at a time just like us. Because some days just aren’t glamourous. Some days are downright exhausting. That’s how Denim+Grace was born. From there we launched our first issue 60 days later on May 1, 2013.

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4. How can photographers contribute or be featured in your community (weekly challenges on Facebook, spotlight features, etc.)?

We’re always looking for contributors in the following genres: wedding, senior, child, family, newborn, boudoir and glamour. Occasionally we spotlight commercial/editorial photographers as well. We offer a range of publishing opportunities including image pictorial spreads and educational articles centered around shooting, sales, marketing, editing, business, design, and social media. We also offer smaller spotlights in our Open Photo Call, It List, Celebrated Photographer, and Fanfare sections of the magazine. For more information, or to submit, visit our site at: http://denimandgrace.com/magazine-submissions/

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5. Do you have a signature hashtag for people to use on Instagram for possible repost features?

 #ILoveDGmag. You’ll pop right up on our website sidebar! We find some of our best pictorial spreads and features through that hashtag.

 

6. For blog or magazine submissions, do you have special format requirements?

All of our magazine submission requirements can be found on our website at: http://denimandgrace.com/magazine-submissions/ 

 

7. Do you have a blog and accept guest blog submissions?

Currently, we’re in the process of reformatting our blog to be solely a Behind-the-Scenes diary of what we do here at Denim+Grace Magazine. Why are we doing this? Well, in the past we offered publishing opportunities on our blog, entitled The Digest. It featured small interviews and photo stories. However, we found our magazine suffered because our attention was split between two outlets. Our brand finds more cohesion, purpose, integrity and dimension when we are clearly and solely focused on one mission; our magazine. We’re excited for new posts to start arriving to The Digest in April 2015 from myself and our editorial team!

 

8. Please give us a brief description about the people behind your community:

Founder + Editor-in-Chief: 

Heather Tindall

That’s me! I’m Heather Tindall and I run Denim+Grace alongside my brand strategy firm and lifestyle blog from my 1940’s cape that’s a constant “work-in-progress”. I believe that the success of any photography business is a unique blend and balance of the photography and the photographer- the “denim” of business and the “grace” of imagery.

Through the mission of fostering creativity, encouraging collaboration and rejuvenating the spirit, I lead the magazine to fuel photographers to do more in their business and create enduring value and purpose through their brands. While consulting photographers on developing an attractive brand, I take a no-nonsense approach; equipping photographers with action steps to create a strong, authentic and intentional brand. I strive to help photographers be more passionate, purposeful and ultimately profitable in their business. When I’m not working, I’m most often found barefoot with a camera in hand, capturing the sights of the Jersey Shore or my most recent recipe concocted in the kitchen.

You can read my lifestyle blog at www.heatherelletee.com and follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest @heatherelletee.

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Magazine Managing Editor: 

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Kristie Bradley. Kristie is a Virginia based photographer specializing in high school seniors and teens. Her work focuses on providing custom fashion inspired sessions for the modern teen. She also wears the hat of full time photography/graphic art teacher, wife and mother of two awesome boys.

You can view Kristie’s photography work at kristiebradleyphotography.com.


9. Please provide all business links to your community: 

To learn all about Denim+Grace Magazine, grab an issue for your self, or submit your work, visit: www.denimandgrace.com.

You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter @denimandgrace.

 

10. Anything else you want our readers to know?

don't hate celebrate campaign

In January 2015, we launched our Don’t Hate, Celebrate! Campaign dedicated to bringing awareness to the hate and slander that’s widespread in the photography industry. Our goal for 2015 is to encourage 5,000 photographers to sign the pledge and show grace in all that they do because HATE is a nasty four letter word! To learn more about our campaign, to take the pledge or spread the word about Don’t Hate, Celebrate! visit: http://denimandgrace.com/pledge/

Also, we’re always looking to add to our team! If you’re interested in joining the Denim+Grace Editorial Staff, visit our jobs page at: www.denimandgrace.com/jobs/ 

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If you are a community moderator or owner and would love to be in the spotlight with an interview, please email us at hello@fearlessandframed.com.

Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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