The fashion photographer plays one of the largest parts within the production of a fashion magazine such as VOGUE and COSMOPOLITAN.

"Domestic value of the uk fashion industry in the UK is 66 billion - Supports 797,000 jobs"

Fashion is the largest employer of the the uk creative industries and also supplies opportunity to the minority groups. Product, Graphic & fashion design (where photography would be included), was worth £3.09 billion in 2013.

When a Fashion photographer has to set up multiple briefings for the many other eliminates of the creative industries to be able to succeed in a photographic project or assignment. I have made a spider diagram to show just a few as an example.

Another thing that not just Fashion photographers, every freelance photographer running a business will stumble across some legal safety which by law needs to be put in place by the business owner. Also some saftey precautions and procedures that should be taken out when with a client and shooting. Again I have put together a spider diagram to show a few examples

Expanding on a few of the above points; Having the correct health & safety knowledge is crucial when running a business and dealing with the general public and in some cases larger firms. Here is a few of the rules that I have sourced, that the photographer, the staff involved and the clients:

  • Ensure there are no loose cables, using hazard tape or duct tape secure all loose cables to prevent them becoming a tripping hazard.
  • When setting up the studio lights take care that all tripod stands have the single leg aligned with the light fitting and the other 2 legs at the back, this prevents the stands tipping. Also take care to allow enough room for staff and models to manoeuvre in a safe manner around the studio ensuring that all lightstands are positioned accordingly for the desired effect but also in a safe manner.
  • When changing attachment such as a soft box to a snoot, extra care needs to taken as the model lights become very hot and can burn. If moving to a different location ALWAYS place the protective cover back onto the light unit, this prevents damage to the bulbs and burns.
  • When using the light fittings such as snoots etc please ensure that they are secured correctly before moving the stand and using.
  • Never leave the studio unattended
  • When packing away, ensure all light fittings are put away securely, if hung up please ensure that they are secured to the wall and above head height to prevent them falling and people banging their heads.
  • Place the light unit covers on securely before packing away into a secure place such as a cupboard or box, taking extra care to wrap any loose wiring.

Having the appropriate certification for the appropriate types of photography. When shooting with children and babies, some clients would possible expect you to have a PVG certificate and first aid for example, as a small business owner you would be expected to know basic first aid as a photographic studio can be a dangerous place for someone who isn't familiar with the studio environment, which is the vast majority of clients that any photographer may work with.


Equipment is basically the back bone to any photograph career. You can't take any photos without a camera for a start. I found this photograph when doing my research which i thought would be good to show an example of some equipment that most freelance photographers would have to start them off as a photographer.

When it comes to fashion photography the equipment used is there to accentuate the clothes worn by the subject in the photograph, so using thing like reflectors, snoots and barn doors to direct light on the garment draw the eye more to the clothes more than the model. Also in fashion photos, detailed photographs are needed to show either the fabric or detailing on a garment, so having the correct lens for this would be of great advantage to a fashion photographer. A 35mm or 50mm prime lens would be perfect of fashion photography as you can get sharp crisp images, close up or a full length portrait.


I took to pintrest to get some inspiration for my portrait shoot.

I also had a scan through getty images and i really like the simple front on view where the photographer in the portrait is taking look right down you lens with their camera. Its such a simple


I took photographs over a few months at different shoots and event to try out a few different shot types and looking in on a photographer. After reviewing my photographer over all in Adobe Bridge, the portrait of the photographer with the camera in front of their fave was my favourite group of photos.

After picked my set of images i looked at them in greater depth by assessing and selecting the crisper images and asking for other peoples feed back to refine it down to my final photograph.

I opened the raw files in Adobe Photoshop to covert them to .jpg files and switherd of which one to choose, again seeking others opinions.


This was the final photo I went for as I it was the sharpest out of the 3 I was choosing from. the lighting I when shooting was simply a soft box above I and the subjects head. This creates an even spread of light and because the soft box is a diffuser the lighting is really soft. To improve the photo I would wipe the dust specks of the lens and maybe have a plain back drop behind.


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