It appears to be so lucrative and fun but the ground reality is lots and lots of hard work.
What we see these days in behind the scenes of any fashion brand’s photoshoots is a heady mix of beautiful locations, gorgeous models, a handful of stylists and hair and make up artists and assistants hurrying up and around the photographer and models trying to make sure you create just the best pictures possible.
But when you are just starting out, it’s a very different kind of story. It may be just an aspiring model trying to get a portfolio done by a novice fashion photographer. So basically just the two of you as the team.
1) So do your tech check well and have a good grasp on your photography and editing basics. Your gear needs to be appropriate for this genre of photography.
2) You could be working in unforgiving weathers. Be it the scorching sun, or blistering winters, as time and situation demands, you may have to face it all.
3) Catching natural light to your advantage and sometimes working against the sun to get a different perspective may take some time to learn, so keep on trying and only experience will be your best teacher.
4) You may have to work on tight schedules and if you do not have a team set up, most of the work will be completed by you alone, like lighting, editing, shoot, location selection, arranging for studios and props.
But at the end if you are passionate about your work and hard working, it pays you well.
We love the work Brittany Smith does as is evident from all the pictures here and she writes a lot of educative and informative articles at SLR Lounge especially for this particular field.
Brittany is a fashion and beauty photographer who works between NYC, Montana and LA. She photographs the way she has always wanted to feel and believes in the power of raw simplicity. When not behind a camera she can usually be found at a local coffeeshop, teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, or baking something fabulous in the kitchen.
As quoted by Brittany for the picture above. "This is, without a doubt, the coolest behind the scenes I've ever been a part of. This was shot while reviewing the Broncolor USA Siros L 800ws for SLR Lounge. Thanks to Dennis Rogers for such an epic shot. I kind of wish I was wearing a more fashionable coat... but at the same time I think it's kind of fun letting my Montana show a little bit. It is, after all, where everything began."
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There is much more to learn from her. Please follow her account for more insight and thoughts. @brittanysmithphoto
Brittany recently started using our Tan Rimo I camera messenger bag and loves it more everyday.
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Enjoy the journey!