By Kimberley Cook
Do you have burning ambition to be a fashion photographer? The ability to learn new things? Can you handle constructive criticism? You need to ask yourself these questions as you research into your new career choice of becoming a fashion photographer.
An interest in fashion is really important, you need to know your fashion. Learning about designers, trends and what designer is ‘in’, what is going to be the new seasons fashion, this knowledge and passion is just as important as the photography side of being a fashion photographer.
Do you have a vivid imagination, can you think outside the square? You also need to be confident in your self and your ability to be a fashion photographer, in a very high paced, at times stressful profession. Therefore you must be professional in the way you conduct yourself in offering your services? Do you have the right mindset to achieve your goals. Like all choices in becoming a success, you need to set yourself reasonable an attainable goals to be able to reach the top as a fashion photographer and into high fashion photography.
Helpful hints to help with your rise to be a success and become the next rising star in the fashion world as a fashion photographer.
The fashion world. Always keep up to date with high fashion magazines how their photos look. Get your inspiration,study modeling, eg: poses for high fashion shoots, lighting, however as a photographer, you should already know about lighting, if you don’t, get started on the basics of photography.
Put a lot of effort and pride into building your first portfolio, you want it to be eye catching, professionally presented, you should use big glossy photos, show case different scenes and themes.This shows flexibility in your photography. Some photos can be very basic but sending a message about the clothing or fashion, not boring, and allow some photos to be really out there in tune with the clothing your photographing.
You definitely do not need to spend money on high fashion clothes for your models, borrowing clothes can be extremely helpful as you start out building your first portfolio, use different eras and use them to fit fashion and photograph them in a theme, being 60s, 70s 80s, the present, imagination and research on high fashion over these eras and then putting it all together in a portfolio you can use to sell your professional high fashion photography services. Remember your models hair and makeup have a lot to do with the end result to your fashion photography goal and that is to be a success.
You need to sell your self, go to magazines, fashion stores that have runway shows, offer to shoot for them. Send your portfolio to news papers in you city and offer your services for their fashion section to shoot fashion events in your state or where ever they may send you.
There are many opportunities, but they don’t just come to you, you have to go out and find them and be confident in doing so. Know what you should be charging for your services if your freelancing. Most of the time working for a magazine, newspaper or fashion mall they will pay you per project, hour or perhaps a contract between you. But ask what the pay is and how their payment structure works.
Another idea to sell your abilities as a fashion photographer is to put together a mini high fashion magazine, write your own articles. This shows initiative, imagination and professional skills in show casing your work. You can also start selling your photos online, your photos may sell like hot cakes and this gets your name out there and shows that what you are doing is what people like and want to see. Edit your photos if needed.
Never give up on your dreams!
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