The Cost and Death of Fashion Photography
The life of a fashion photographer — ah, shooting gorgeous male and female models all day long sounds like a dream job come true. Imagine being in a studio and hearing music blaring in the background as loudly as Abercrombie and Fitch, fog machines going off, and seeing Victoria Secrets-looking models posing in all possible angles. And then to make life even more amazing you see all these huge fashion photographers being invited to all these extreme parties in Los Angeles, New York, Milan and etc. Sounds like the life!
Well, I’m going to tell you the hard truth now, so take a deep breathe. Did you breath? It’s not really like that for 99% of fashion photographers. The lucky 1% have made it up there alongside the other major fashion photography Gods. The most partying I do is drinking a martini by myself in front of a computer screen going through a million photos a day.
Fashion photography is without a doubt one of the most popular areas of photography, and unfortunately, it is also one of most over-saturated and misunderstood area of photography.
I’m going to discuss some things on this blog post that many may not agree with, so everything here is completely subjective and can obviously be left to any interpretation. Please leave any comments or questions you may have below and I will quickly answer them.
BTS: Jeff Thomas, Kim Dawson Agency
A few weeks ago I decided to recreate my men’s book. I wanted to aim towards the more fashion geared clientel, aka the designers and ad agencies that I need to get bookings from. I wanted to create and stick to my own style instead of being too diverse and broad. I wanted to go kind of dark and sexy at the same time. This has proven to be a challenge and I’m still constantly working on it and hopefully I will get there one day.
BTS: Male Model – Jordan B.
What does a fashion photographer do during their time-off? Keep on shooting, of course! Yesterday I decided to kill some time that I had and photographed a male model that I previously worked with before.
We were trying to mix some fashion into sexual intensity, but ended up laughing the whole time. Needless to say we did end up getting some pretty good shots that I’ll be editing over the week and posting it here for you all to see.