how to become a fashion photographer

how to become a fashion photographer

basics of taking fashion photos

This is juts a short outline to think for people wanting to know how to become a fashion photographer. Fashion  is one of the most competitive genre of photography. Is is presented as a very attractive activity by the media. You probably always wondered how it to be a fashion photographer, being surrounded every day by models, clothes, designers, fashion events. It certainly sounds very glamorous, but there is a high competition among high end fashion photographers.
As a fashion photographer, beyond the appearances, you do not have an easy task. First you need to be a competent user of high end photgraphy equipment which is a step higher than the professional equipment that a wedding photographer might use. It involves also a high end studio lighting equipment and knowledge. We are talking about large format cameras which cost tens of thousands of dollars.
As a professional fashion photographer, the cost of equipment should be covered within a reasonable time frame, if you are succesfull in fashion photography as a business, because the commissions are much higher than the rest of the professional photographers. So never get scared by the cost of photography equipment. As a professional is is part of doing business and it will enable you to deliver the high quality fashion photos that you will be well paid for.
As a fashion photographer you will have an important input in the final result of your fashion shoot. Your creativity , director skills, communication and ease of talking to the models will impact the result, your fashion clients and finally your business outcome. You will be asked many times to prepare portofolios for aspiring fashion models without any agents, and that will put you a a position of responsability to deliver a high impact result,for their future fashion careers
how to become a fashion photographer

Do you want to become a fashion photographer

During your endeavours to become a fashion professional photographer, it is necessary to understand the fashion industry as a whole with all the good and bads. Your experience and knowledge will help you obtain the fashion magazine assignments, and once you are in, the flow of fashion photo session will become the norm, projecting you in the category of high succesfull fashion photographers with work published every day in famous fashion magazines.
If you really want to become a fashion photographer, you must probably have already some experience especially in portraits. Ou needto be a comptetent studio equipment user. In order to start a fashion portfolio, as a suggestion is to propose contacting local hair dressing salons, or any shop that have anything to do with beauty and fashion, offer your services and organise a shoot for free. You are offering your fashion photos to them in exchange for your chance to build a fashion photography portfolio. But remember one thing: just because you present yourself as a professional fashion photographer or an aspiring one at least, and you offer a fashion photo shoot completely free, that does not mean they will say yes on the spot. People are reluctant to free offers, but if you are true and honest about your intention to create a fashion photography portfolio they may say yes. If they don’ t go the the next shop and I can guarantee you within 10 shops, one will say yes in a day. We will show you all the skills how to get done wha you intende to do in other chapters and articles about how to become a photographer, and that will be in the business section.
Coming back one step on how to become a fashion photographer, another aspect to be covered is to go through fashion magazines, duplicate poses, try to reach the quality you see. After you set up few goals in terms of the final outlook of the photograph you are after, you can find a among friends or relative someone who wants to become a fashion model – and there are plenty out there- you can start experimenting and try to get the fashion poses you want.
The next step in your journey becoming a fashion photographer, is to submit your photography portfolio to fashion magazines. Ensure you do your a little bit of homework to find out if if your style is suitable for them in tems of fashion photography, and if there are any special requiments you need to fulfill before you do that. A bit of planning always help achieving your goasl not nly as a photographer, but as anything.
If going straight for the fashion photographer job seems to be to hard in one go, there is always the chance toa pply for an assitant position, or an intern. This way you can see firsthand wha other established high end fashion phoographers do, what is theri business model and photography worflow so you can learn. In time your confidence as a photographer increases untill you are ready to go on your own.
One thing you should prepare for as a fashion photographer, or any type of photographer in general, is that the time when your are shooting is less than 10 % of your time. The other 90% consist of other photography related activities, such as marketing, meeting clients, post editing of photos, website maintenance, interviews, fashion photo session planing, research etc. The fashion photography Like any other photograph business has a lot of background work to be done.
However as you develope as a professional fashion designer and a business person, some of the tasks you will be doing yourself can be delegated to other aspiring photograhers who are in the position you are at this very moment.
Are yo still convinced you want to become a fashion photographer? If the answer is yes we are happy to hear it.

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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography