Fashion Photographers

Fashion photographers work in the fashion industry and focus their skills specifically on styles of clothing and personal image. They take and produce pictures of people, places, and objects by using a variety of cameras, photographic equipment, computers, and image editing software. The photographs are used to advertise new fashions, promote models, and popularize certain designers in both print and electric formats. Approximately 54,830 photographers are employed in the United States; only a small percentage of these professionals specialize in fashion photography.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Take and produce photographs of people, places, and objects using a variety of cameras, photographic equipment, computers, and image editing software
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Large fashion centers such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago, but opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
Experience Experience as an assistant photographer
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fashion Photography Firm Owner, or Fashion Coordinator, or Stylist
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Assistant to Fashion Photographer

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