Fashion Photography – Some pointers for just starting out

by David Jenyns

Fashion photography offers you the opportunity to live an exciting lifestyle, while traveling all over the world. Fashion photography can be found in magazines, on the internet, on the television and other forms of media. The marketing industry is now packed with fashion models selling a number of concepts and products by various companies, and all these photographs have been taken by a fashion photographer. The glamour and the glitz aside, the world of fashion photography consists of very long preparation hours, and you also need to possess certain skills in order to be successful.

To those new fashion photographers, the industry may seem like the perfect place to begin all the exciting adventures that will take you all over the world. However, the fashion photography industry doesn’t only consist of meeting beautiful models and famous people, or just taking pictures. You should know that for every successful and famous fashion photographers, there are many more that spend a number of years waiting to have their first big photo shoot. Because of this long wait, there are many persons who ultimately give up while others continue pushing forward until they become successful. If you are interested in fashion photography, you should bear the following tips in mind.

You first need to take time to learn the industry of fashion photography. This is the part of the process that causes a number of aspiring fashion photographers to fail. They are caught up with all the glitz and glamour of the industry that they forget the fundamentals of photography that help make a photo shoot perfect. That is to say that they focus more on looking good, than actually having a good shoot. There is no limit to learning; as such, you need to continually study your craft so that you will be able to excel at it.

You will also need the correct photography equipment in order to be a successful fashion photographer as well as backup equipment. The truth is that there is no way you can be an accomplished fashion photographer without being able to afford the equipment. Cameras are very expensive, and each year a new model is released. In order for you to take quality photographs you will need an excellent lighting system, along with that very good camera. Overall the expense can seam daunting at first, but a client isn’t going to hire you without knowing you can produce consistent work. Your skills, your team, and your equipment are key. Don’t go out an buy everything all at once however, you have some opportunity to grow into it while you waiting for that break and building those skills

In order to obtain jobs, you will need to have a portfolio that showcases your body of work. Therefore, you need to take the time to choose your best work. Your portfolio should be made up of your strongest 11 x 14 images; and though most clients prefer prints, there are others who will prefer to see your work online and therefore a simple and fast website is required.


Anthony is an professional fashion photographer serving the Atlanta metro area and although his work may have him traveling all around the US or even father you can see his fashion, beauty and commercial work at:


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