If you are interested in taking up your career in photography then there are many types of photography to choose from. Fashion photography is one amongst them. Let us see how to be a successful fashion photographer
First and foremost thing is your interest. You should have a good interest in shooting fashion photography and modelling photo shoots. If you are doing it just for the sake of money then you won’t be able to grow in this field.
Build a good portfolio. You should have a good collection of photos to build your portfolio. You can make use of this to showcase your work. Make sure that you showcase only the best of your work. A good collection of 50 photographs would be sufficient.
You can even make a series of photos with the same model in different poses. Don’t copy the style of other successful fashion photographers. Create your own unique style. People should know from your style. Make sure that you have a good responsive website which is compatible with smartphones also. Most of the people use smartphones nowadays rather than computers and laptops.
Do follow popular fashion photography magazines. This will give you an idea of how to develop your style according to recent trends. There are good books available in the market from well-known fashion photographers. This will help you to build a solid foundation. If you are not getting things then I would highly recommend you to learn the basics of photography.
Don’t think that it is that easy to be a fashion photographer. You will have to put lots of efforts and a good amount of investment is needed. A good full frame or medium format DSLR camera, good portrait lenses, flash equipment and a studio would be required. You can even make use of the Canon or Nikon fullframe mirrorless cameras.
You can even make use of outdoor light along with flashlights to photograph models. A makeup artist would be required for model makeup. You can convey your theme to the make up artist so that he/she can dress up the model accordingly.
Once you are done with the above things then it is time to sell yourself. Get in touch with fashion magazines and showcase your work. Don’t feel disheartened if you get rejected initially. Keep trying in many places. Get help from other successful fashion photographers. They can help by recommending you to various places through their contacts. They can also help to make some improvements in your portfolio if required.
You will have to make some investment in clothing for models. If you purchase clothing then it can be costly. No need to worry, you don’t have to spend a fortune. You can take it for rent.
If you are shooting model portfolios make sure that you have a good pricing structure. You can do one or two model portfolios for free to showcase your work. When you are in the fashion industry, if you do it for free then you won’t be able to be successful. Always remember, you have already made a good amount of investment in camera and other equipment. Follow these tips and be a successful fashion photographer.