You'll usually specialise in one area like fashion, portrait, wedding or e-commerce photography. You could take still or moving images. You may work for companies or individual clients, on a freelance or employed basis. You may also create and sell your own images.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
discussing the project with the client and agreeing the ‘brief’
finding and preparing the location for the photo session
choosing the right equipment and setting up lighting
composing and taking photos
using industry software to edit and process images
checking accurate colour match and image quality
choosing the best images for the client to use online or in print
marketing and running your business
Starter: £14,000 to £18,000 (assistant) Experienced: £19,000 to £30,000 Highly Experienced: £50,000 (senior creative manager)
Freelance photographers are paid per job. Rates can vary depending on experience, reputation and the type of assignment.
These figures are a guide.
Variable hours per week
Your hours and place of work will vary. You may need to work evenings and weekends in a studio or on location.
The job can be physically demanding and you may have to carry heavy equipment.
You may need a full driving licence and use of a vehicle.
Many photographers are freelance and you could do a mixture of contract work and following your own interests. You could extend your range into other areas of photography like product, property or corporate work.
With training, you could also work as a press or police photographer.
With specialist qualifications, you could find employment in medical photography or illustration.
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What you'll do
What you’ll do in a certain career can vary depending on where you work and how much experience you have. We all have to ‘do our time’ to gain experience, so think about the bigger picture and where you want to see yourself in the future.
Money means different things to different people. When it comes to salaries, some see the long game while others look at the short-term scenario. Time will pass so it’s a good idea to look at the bigger picture and think about where you want to be in 10 years time.
Many jobs revolve around the Monday to Friday, nine-to- five routine, but not all. When exploring potential careers, make a note of the working patterns and think about what will suit you.
After a few years in any job, you’ll likely be thinking about new challenges and a higher salary. When exploring potential careers, look at opportunities for moving up the ladder. It might seem like a long way off, but that day will come.