Once the styles of shoots are agreed upon - time for the producer to take over. It is she who talks to everyone to put shooting teams together and organises studios or locations for these shoots. If the photographer requested by the fashion editor isn't available, someone else gets the call, most often the fashion editor's choice number 2, then choice number 3. Sometimes it even gets to someone new and here is your chance number 2 (chance number 1 being if your name was brought up at the initial editorial meeting). One of my biggest current clients came to me after such a situation - when a shoot was already confirmed, but the photographer pulled out for some reason, and they called me. I've been shooting for them for three years now.
Next up is the period of photo shoots and since the process has already started, it isn't the best time to write to anyone since the fashion editors and producers are extremely busy putting all of the shoot's elements together, and simply don't have time for someone new. However, this is a good time to get in touch with art directors. They are currently putting together layouts and are waiting for shoots' results to come through, so their busiest periods are yet to come.
Once the shoots are done, and the art department receives the image selection in a preview format, the art director, together with his designers, are combining text and images to create layouts to tell a visual story, and a photo editor requests the confirmed images from photographers in high-res and retouched. A photo editor also ensures that these images are received on time before the magazine goes to print. Fashion editors are often still shooting at this time while producers are still organising shoots and saving things from falling apart. This is a very good time not to push your latest portfolio onto them. And a few days before going to print - here comes chaos. Writers, art director, designers, editor-in-chief, executive editor - all work late hours, often on weekends, rushing to polish up the issue in order to send it to print on time. During this week I wouldn't recommend inviting any of them even for the tasting almond latte in town.
Once the issue is sent off to the printers - the whole editorial team switches off just like after final exams in college. Everyone takes a few days off to recover and regain strength before they start the next cycle. It is towards the end of this recovery, once everyone is rested, that you should remind about yourself with whatever means are available to a modern human.