I approached both publications with my portfolio, telling them I’d be excited to work for them. They tend to commission me with articles about the natural world, or slightly sad stories about the animal realm. I think my work fits the feeling of those articles and I genuinely love working on that subject matter, so they might be picking up on that. But the most important thing, I think, is to be friendly to your art director and to never miss a deadline. I believe that in any kind of project, it’s always best to be nice and give all you have.