Your name is renowned internationally. You hang out with the world’s most stylish people: models, fashion designers and socialites. More importantly, you have the potential to earn a six-figure income annually when you've reached senior status.
Generally most of us are fascinated by photography. In this digital era, almost anybody can literally become a professional photographer and photo editor. As long as you own a reliable camera and photo-editing software, becoming a fashion photographer is within reach.
Yet you might be wondering how break into this highly lucrative artistic business. You'd like to have the lifestyle that many successful fashion photographers enjoy. You might also want to open your own studio, but you're unsure about where to start. Read on to find more.
Thanks to the fashion-conscious society we live in, you can be a fashion photographer wherever you live. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to live in Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to earn a good living as a fashion photographer. As long as you live in a city where there are fashion designers, boutiques, retailers and manufacturers, you can live your dream!
A fashion photographer is always in demand because
there will always be clothes to market.
For those with entrepreneurial spirit, becoming a fashion photographer is most likely a great fit. Training is available to anyone interested, oftentimes for only very little investment, even if you have never worked as a photographer before. Once you're ready, you can open your own studio. (Many seasoned photographers even have their studios at home!)
There are many avenues for a fashion photographer to break into this business :
- Freelance (without an agent)
- Freelance with an agent
- Employed by a retailer
- Employed by a publication (magazine, book publisher, newspaper, etc.)
- Employed by a fashion house
- Employed by an advertising company
- Employed by a fashion manufacturer
- Employed by a direct-mail company
- Open your own studio
To succeed, he or she must make sure that he or she possesses the technical and artistic skills to ensure a professional ambience in which the team works well together. In short, a fashion photographer is a skilled photographer who possesses the technical and artistic skills needed in creating valuable pictures of clothing by using photographic equipments.
There are several career paths in this field that you can choose based on your strengths and interests. You’re not restricted to working for a fashion magazine or opening your own studio, if that's not your interest.
Some of the career paths include working for :
- Ad agencies
- Department stores
- Fashion houses
- Modeling agencies
- Stock photography agency