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FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER, IN-DEPTH: A Photo Captures So Much More Of A Moment

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Lexi, a fashion photographer, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She loves that photography and the fact that she is paid for something she loves, but it does come with challenges. Organizing people and judging people's level of interest in projects can be difficult and equipment can be a huge expense.

Job Title: Fashion Photographer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Photographer

Job Description

A photographer uses a camera to portray objects, concepts, and moments of time. Today, most photographers use digital cameras instead of the traditional silver-halide film cameras. Digital cameras capture images electronically, so the photographer can edit the image on a computer.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

The work environment for photographers can vary considerably, depending on their specialty. Portrait photographers work in studios where they can take photographs, but they also often travel to take photographs at a client’s location, such as a school, a company office, or a private home. News and commercial photographers may travel locally or internationally. News photographers often work long, irregular hours in uncomfortable or even dangerous surroundings and must be available to work on short notice. For example, a news photographer may be sent to a war zone to capture images for a newspaper. Aerial photographers often work in planes or helicopters.
Most photographers stand or walk for long periods while carrying heavy equipment.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$15,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Creativity, Artistic, Technical skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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And</span> <span m='32780'>I</span> <span m='32840'>just</span> <span m='33030'>want</span> <span m='33150'>to</span> <span m='33210'>create</span> <span m='33520'>those</span> <span m='33670'>images</span> <span m='34100'>for</span> <span m='34220'>everybody</span> <span m='34720'>to</span> <span m='34840'>get</span> <span m='35010'>a</span> <span m='35080'>chance</span> <span m='35420'>to</span> <span m='35540'>see.</span> </p><p><span m='36195'>In</span> <span m='36500'>anything</span> <span m='37070'>that</span> <span m='37330'>you</span> <span m='37580'>do,</span> <span m='37960'>anything</span> <span m='38380'>you</span> <span m='38470'>do</span> <span m='38660'>in life,</span> <span m='38970'>there will</span> <span m='39120'>always</span> <span m='39530'>be a</span> <span m='39690'>challenge,</span> <span m='40240'>of</span> <span m='40360'>course.</span> <span m='41720'>The</span> <span m='41910'>most</span> <span m='42140'>challenging</span> <span m='42630'>part</span> <span m='42900'>is</span> <span m='43130'>the</span> <span m='43270'>getting</span> <span m='43590'>everybody</span> <span m='44040'>together,</span> <span m='44600'>organizing</span> <span m='45220'>people.</span> <span m='46730'>People</span> <span m='47190'>aren't</span> <span m='47410'>always on</span> <span m='47650'>the</span> <span m='47820'>same</span> <span m='48050'>schedule</span> <span m='48520'>as</span> <span m='48660'>you and</span> <span m='49160'>aren't</span> <span m='49430'>always</span> <span m='49690'>in</span> <span m='49780'>the</span> <span m='49850'>same</span> <span m='50140'>mindset</span> <span m='50750'>about</span> <span m='50970'>how</span> <span m='51110'>serious</span> <span m='51710'>the</span> <span m='51780'>work</span> <span m='52080'>is.</span> <span m='52460'>So</span> <span m='52820'>it</span> <span m='53060'>kind</span> <span m='53280'>of</span> <span m='53360'>gets</span> <span m='53580'>complicated.</span> </p><p><span m='54825'>A</span> <span m='55270'>lot</span> <span m='55450'>of</span> <span m='55500'>people</span> <span m='55800'>expect</span> <span m='56170'>you</span> <span m='56260'>to</span> <span m='56350'>work</span> <span m='56560'>for</span> <span m='56680'>free.</span> <span m='58440'>It's</span> <span m='58710'>not</span> <span m='59020'>what</span> <span m='59150'>happens.</span> <span m='61060'>So</span> <span m='61280'>it's</span> <span m='61380'>kind</span> <span m='61590'>of</span> <span m='61670'>hard</span> <span m='61940'>explaining</span> <span m='62460'>that</span> <span m='63200'>everybody</span> <span m='63600'>has</span> <span m='63740'>to</span> <span m='63850'>pay</span> <span m='64110'>for</span> <span m='64220'>these</span> <span m='64420'>services.</span> <span m='65030'>And</span> <span m='66890'>majority</span> <span m='67200'>of</span> <span m='67280'>the</span> <span m='67380'>time,</span> <span m='67670'>it's</span> <span m='67750'>just</span> <span m='67920'>the</span> <span m='68010'>people</span> <span m='68790'>that</span> <span m='68980'>are</span> <span m='69110'>really</span> <span m='69320'>hard.</span> </p><p><span m='69680'>As</span> <span m='69800'>far</span> <span m='70030'>as</span> <span m='70150'>taking the</span> <span m='70530'>photos</span> <span m='71030'>and</span> <span m='71140'>editing</span> <span m='71420'>it,</span> <span m='71830'>that</span> <span m='72030'>part's</span> <span m='72430'>a</span> <span m='72530'>breeze</span> <span m='72920'>for</span> <span m='73030'>me,</span> <span m='73210'>because</span> <span m='73370'>that's</span> <span m='73560'>what</span> <span m='73660'>I</span> <span m='73730'>love.</span> <span m='75170'>The</span> <span m='77180'>not</span> <span m='77420'>so</span> <span m='77570'>much</span> <span m='78210'>getting</span> <span m='78520'>people</span> <span m='78840'>together,</span> <span m='80670'>that's</span> <span m='80890'>not</span> <span m='81150'>the</span> <span m='81240'>funnest.</span> <span m='81800'>That's</span> <span m='82010'>not</span> <span m='82190'>the</span> <span m='82270'>most</span> <span m='82660'>enjoyable</span> <span m='83250'>part.</span> <span m='83680'>But</span> <span m='85530'>if</span> <span m='85610'>you</span> <span m='85760'>really</span> <span m='86010'>love</span> <span m='86230'>to</span> <span m='86340'>do</span> <span m='86560'>it, it's</span> <span m='86810'>not</span> <span m='87120'>a</span> <span m='87170'>big</span> <span m='87430'>deal</span> <span m='87760'>at</span> <span m='88160'>all.</span> </p><p><span m='89630'>I</span> <span m='89790'>really</span> <span m='90350'>realized</span> <span m='91210'>that</span> <span m='92350'>photography</span> <span m='92780'>was</span> <span m='92980'>something</span> <span m='93360'>I</span> <span m='93400'>wanted</span> <span m='93750'>to</span> <span m='93860'>do</span> <span m='95510'>not</span> <span m='95810'>too</span> <span m='95980'>long</span> <span m='96260'>ago</span> <span m='96640'>actually.</span> <span m='97910'>When</span> <span m='98120'>I</span> <span m='98190'>first</span> <span m='98510'>started</span> <span m='98820'>taking</span> <span m='99190'>pictures</span> <span m='99840'>on</span> <span m='99930'>my</span> <span m='100030'>little</span> <span m='100330'>digital</span> <span m='100700'>camera,</span> <span m='101340'>people</span> <span m='101730'>would</span> <span m='101990'>walk up</span> <span m='102330'>to</span> <span m='102570'>me and say,</span> <span m='102750'>your</span> <span m='102850'>pictures</span> <span m='103270'>are</span> <span m='103380'>so</span> <span m='103740'>good.</span> <span m='104130'>You</span> <span m='104210'>take</span> <span m='104430'>great</span> <span m='104740'>pictures,</span> <span m='105170'>and</span> <span m='105280'>you</span> <span m='105370'>take</span> <span m='105610'>so</span> <span m='105870'>many.</span> <span m='107380'>But</span> <span m='107930'>once</span> <span m='108330'>I</span> <span m='108450'>realized</span> <span m='108920'>how</span> <span m='109060'>much</span> <span m='109270'>people</span> <span m='109600'>love</span> <span m='109800'>my</span> <span m='109970'>photos,</span> <span m='111290'>I</span> <span m='111430'>started</span> <span m='111820'>to</span> <span m='111930'>consider</span> <span m='112340'>taking</span> <span m='112710'>it serious.</span> </p><p><span m='113210'>And</span> <span m='113300'>once</span> <span m='113520'>I</span> <span m='113590'>actually</span> <span m='113980'>got</span> <span m='114330'>my</span> <span m='114880'>first</span> <span m='115120'>DSLR</span> <span m='115750'>camera,</span> <span m='116330'>I</span> <span m='116450'>started</span> <span m='116770'>realizing</span> <span m='117280'>I</span> <span m='117370'>have</span> <span m='118680'>way</span> <span m='118850'>more</span> <span m='119060'>talent</span> <span m='119510'>than</span> <span m='119670'>I</span> <span m='119740'>thought</span> <span m='120010'>I</span> <span m='120120'>did. I</span> <span m='120560'>underestimated</span> <span m='121060'>myself</span> <span m='121450'>a</span> <span m='121500'>lot.</span> <span m='122150'>So</span> <span m='123360'>when</span> <span m='123520'>I</span> <span m='123570'>finally</span> <span m='123960'>figured</span> <span m='124260'>out</span> <span m='125530'>I</span> <span m='125700'>do</span> <span m='125990'>have</span> <span m='126210'>good</span> <span m='126390'>work,</span> <span m='127450'>I</span> <span m='127580'>just</span> <span m='127880'>started</span> <span m='128370'>going</span> <span m='128830'>full</span> <span m='129100'>time</span> <span m='129490'>with it,</span> <span m='130240'>full</span> <span m='130440'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='131280'>Is</span> <span m='131450'>it</span> <span m='131530'>hard</span> <span m='131830'>to</span> <span m='131960'>get</span> <span m='132120'>a</span> <span m='132210'>job</span> <span m='132590'>in</span> <span m='132770'>photography?</span> <span m='137230'>It</span> <span m='137690'>depends. It</span> <span m='138140'>really</span> <span m='138380'>depends.</span> <span m='139030'>The</span> <span m='139120'>most</span> <span m='139700'>challenging</span> <span m='140260'>part,</span> <span m='140760'>I</span> <span m='140830'>would</span> <span m='141030'>say,</span> <span m='141200'>about</span> <span m='141660'>starting</span> <span m='142160'>this</span> <span m='142520'>is</span> <span m='142820'>getting</span> <span m='143110'>the</span> <span m='143190'>equipment</span> <span m='143720'>because</span> <span m='143900'>it's</span> <span m='144200'>so</span> <span m='144420'>expensive.</span> <span m='145500'>Lenses</span> <span m='146090'>can</span> <span m='146290'>cost</span> <span m='146680'>from</span> <span m='146970'>$300</span> <span m='147860'>to</span> <span m='148330'>a</span> <span m='148780'>thousand,</span> <span m='149500'>thousands</span> <span m='149940'>of</span> <span m='150030'>dollars,</span> <span m='150430'>so</span> <span m='151070'>that's</span> <span m='151350'>the</span> <span m='151460'>most</span> <span m='151770'>challenging</span> <span m='152220'>part. But</span> <span m='152540'>otherwise</span> <span m='153130'>clientele</span> <span m='153900'>is</span> <span m='154020'>not</span> <span m='154240'>always</span> <span m='154580'>a</span> <span m='154630'>huge</span> <span m='155060'>big</span> <span m='155390'>deal.</span> </p><p><span m='156250'>When</span> <span m='156410'>I</span> <span m='156480'>started,</span> <span m='158920'>I</span> <span m='158990'>started</span> <span m='159240'>doing</span> <span m='159610'>photo shoots</span> <span m='159960'>with</span> <span m='160150'>a</span> <span m='160220'>few</span> <span m='160530'>of</span> <span m='160650'>my</span> <span m='160830'>friends</span> <span m='161290'>who</span> <span m='161410'>already</span> <span m='162350'>wanted</span> <span m='162660'>to</span> <span m='162740'>get</span> <span m='162860'>into</span> <span m='163100'>modeling,</span> <span m='163570'>so</span> <span m='163690'>it</span> <span m='163760'>was</span> <span m='163920'>easy</span> <span m='164180'>to</span> <span m='164560'>find</span> <span m='165020'>people</span> <span m='165300'>I</span> <span m='165500'>could</span> <span m='165580'>do</span> <span m='165730'>my</span> <span m='165860'>portfolio</span> <span m='166520'>with.</span> <span m='167190'>But</span> <span m='167610'>as</span> <span m='167800'>far</span> <span m='167980'>as</span> <span m='168080'>clientele</span> <span m='168730'>goes,</span> <span m='169290'>it's</span> <span m='169600'>a</span> <span m='169680'>little</span> <span m='169990'>more</span> <span m='170200'>tricky,</span> <span m='170620'>because</span> <span m='170800'>a</span> <span m='170860'>lot</span> <span m='171020'>of</span> <span m='171080'>people</span> <span m='171420'>say</span> <span m='171780'>they</span> <span m='171970'>want</span> <span m='172380'>to</span> <span m='172480'>work</span> <span m='172720'>with</span> <span m='172900'>you,</span> <span m='173130'>and they'll</span> <span m='173310'>say, oh,</span> <span m='173700'>I</span> <span m='173820'>do</span> <span m='174070'>want</span> <span m='174310'>to shoot.</span> <span m='174520'>But</span> <span m='174770'>when</span> <span m='174930'>it</span> <span m='175000'>comes</span> <span m='175260'>down</span> <span m='175570'>to</span> <span m='175820'>it,</span> <span m='176620'>they're</span> <span m='176950'>not</span> <span m='177430'>100%</span> <span m='178150'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='179090'>They're</span> <span m='179290'>not on</span> <span m='179530'>the</span> <span m='179620'>same</span> <span m='179880'>page.</span> <span m='180290'>So</span> <span m='181570'>mostly</span> <span m='182310'>finding</span> <span m='182670'>equipment</span> <span m='183850'>is</span> <span m='184050'>the</span> <span m='184120'>hardest</span> <span m='184490'>part.</span> <span m='184930'>Clientele,</span> <span m='185690'>that's</span> <span m='185920'>not</span> <span m='186420'>too</span> <span m='186570'>much</span> <span m='186760'>of</span> <span m='186850'>a</span> <span m='186930'>challenge</span> <span m='187450'>if</span> <span m='187540'>you</span> <span m='187670'>have</span> <span m='187850'>a good</span> <span m='188010'>portfolio.</span> <span m='189070'>That's</span> <span m='189290'>the</span> <span m='189400'>key, a</span> <span m='189860'>good</span> <span m='190010'>portfolio.</span> </p>","file":{"id":360845,"video_id":"3233998385001","name":"2097-Lexi-Photographer2","duration":191310,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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