We see them everywhere, on TV, social media, in magazines, in advertisements, and on the runways. They are the slender women with extraordinary beauties and very attractive looks wearing the newest styles from the hottest and popular fashion designers. They are the fashion models of today, yesterday and tomorrow. Fashion models are everywhere we look, but who brings them to us?
Their captivating images are captures with patience, care, and precision, and that special look for style, color, and lighting composition which are fine works of fashion photographers. In fashion circles, famous names like Mario Testino and Eva Mueller are two of the popular ones.
High paychecks and glamorous lifestyle, socializing with the rich and famous might be the dream of many young shutterbugs, however, it is not easy to reach the golden Staircases of the well-known fashion houses and magazines. For every one talented photographer, hundreds are left panting at the sidewalk, dreaming about the moment that their photo will be chosen.
Tips for anyone who is getting started in fashion photography.
You must study your subject. Look and read any fashion magazine you can get your hands on. There are so many fantastic books about fashion and fashion photography available. You need one or two good cameras, a stable tripod, and a good lighting system. DSLR and digital cameras take different photos, so make sure you find the best for you. When submitting your work, you have to have a portfolio on hand or available online. This is just in case the editor of the fashion magazine wants to see samples of your work. If you have already had your work published on a publication, literally tear a sheet out of the magazine. It is best that you have a minimum of 20 photos in your portfolio and most preferably different styles. You want to show your expertise in full figure and partial body parts.
Set up a website; join contests and submit your photos to websites that sell stock photos to earn extra money. Submit them to an online fashion gallery. This helps with getting your work is seen and people can see what type of work you actually do and can do for them.
Fashion includes jewelry and accessories. Hence, sometimes a watch from a famous brand on the slender wrist of a woman is a great fashion shoot.
It is your personality in the photos you take that most editors are looking after. Each fashion photographer captures the soul of fashion and its model differently. If this is your dream, don't give up. Keep trying and I hope to see your work on the cover of my next famous fashion magazine.