Beginning a career as a fashion photographer involves studying fashion magazines to stay abreast of the latest trends, finding an aspiring model to do test shoots with and building up a portfolio of fashion photographs. Become a successful fashion photographer with information from a professional art and commercial photographer in this free video on photography.
Expert: Rebecca Guenther
Bio: Rebecca Guenther is a freelance photographer living in Austin, Texas.
Filmmaker: Todd Green
Hi, my name is Rebecca Guenther at www.m5a1photography.com
and I'm going to tell you how to get started as a fashion photographer. What you want to
do first, of course, is you want to go out and pick up fashion magazines and see what
the trends are right now. You really want to be knowledgeable about what kind of make-up
is in this season, what kind of clothes are in this season, what kind of look is in this
season. Then, you probably want to start practicing with your friends, after that you want to
find a networking site or go to a talent agency and talk to them about using some of their
models for test photos. What test photos are, is when a model is new, she'll go to a photographer
to get some test images. This is so the agency knows that the model is photogenic. So, you're
going to try and hook up with these models and take pictures of them. It'll build both
of your books and it's mutually beneficial. You always want to remember that you want
to test up, which means in the beginning, you can't be too picky, but as you get better,
so should your models. And, you can start asking for more experienced models that have
perhaps gotten a new haircut or changed their look in some way recently. Once you've started
doing this and your book is strong enough, your book being your portfolio, you want to
put together a book and you want to start sending it out to magazines and showing them
your work as a fashion photographer. Hopefully, they will start hiring you to shoot spreads,
these are editorial spreads in magazines. And, that is how you become a fashion photographer.