FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

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FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

 

A BRIEF INTRO

Top fashion photographers shoot photospreads for glossy magazines, or work on big-ticket print campaigns for top brands. Younger photographers build a portfolio doing ad shoots and creating brochures for designers. The profession calls for sound understanding of technique and the ability to convey to the shoot team – model, make-up person, stylist – what you want. Build a network of people you can work with comfortably

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

This being mainly creative work, the hours are not fixed, but a photographer is usually booked for a day, which can go like this:

8 am: Wake up and work out

11 am: Start shoot

2 pm: Take a break

3 pm: Resume shoot

7 pm: Wrap up and chill

SALARY STRUCTURE

A fashion photographer just starting out must be prepared to settle for Rs. 15,000 or so for a full day’s shoot. Not bad money, but not so much either considering that buying good equipment will set you back by Rs. 4 lakh-Rs. 5 lakh. Magazines offer a lot of visibility, but the trade-in is that lesser known names are paid less. An assignment may even fetch only Rs. 5,000 at the initial stage. As one’s fame rises, so does the fee. Big names can make Rs. 50,000-Rs. 70,000 a day and the vary best command up to Rs. 1.5 lakh a day

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • an eye for aesthetics and a passion for photography
  • an interest in art, books, music, films
  • communication DESIRED QUALITIES
  • teamwork DESIRED QUALITIES
  • perseverance

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

There are exceptions, but as a rule you need to know photography well before specializing as a fashion photographer, says Sundeep Bali, founder faculty member at APEX academy of photography, New Delhi. The institute has a course in Fashion-Photography that is contingent on a certain number of students enrolling. Otherwise, it holds workshops on this at regular intervals. Mr. Bali advises that aspirants can join diploma courses on fashion photography which can extend from 6 months upto 1 year or even 2 years and then work or specialize further

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PROS AND CONS

  • Highly creative work
  • Allows enough free time
  • Lets you travel a lot
  • Huge investments needed
  • Initial years of struggle
  • Income may be erratic
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