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How to Become a Fashion Photographer

You don’t need to be a New York socialite to be a fashion photographer, but be prepared for anything on your way to an exciting career.


  • Step 1: Apprentice for pros Start as a photographer's assistant or apprentice to get on-the-job training and become acquainted with the equipment and people in the field.
  • Step 2: Love, study, practice Study fashion trends and compositions of setting, background, light, and model type.
  • TIP: Pursue a photography degree.
  • Step 3: Compile a portfolio Get a camera, editing equipment, and software, and take pictures at every opportunity. Showcase a body of work that demonstrates a stylistic or thematic thread.
  • Step 4: Get a job Apply for work and begin contracting. Develop a good rapport with clients, subjects, agents, and executives.
  • Step 5: Prepare your shoots Plan to efficiently cover all the attitudes and postures you want. Being organized will save clients money and enhance your reputation.
  • Step 6: Find an agent Find an agent who doesn't handle another photographer with a similar style.
  • Step 7: Exhibit work Exhibit your work independently at shows or fine arts galleries. Single out galleries that understand your work and your style.
  • FACT: Employment in the photography field is expected to rise 10 percent by 2016.

You Will Need

  • A camera
  • Editing equipment
  • Editing software
  • A portfolio
  • Professional contacts
  • A love of clothing
  • A studio (optional)
  • An agent (optional)

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