Fashion Photographers


Fashion Photographers


Fashion photographers work in the fashion industry and focus their skills specifically on styles of clothing and personal image. They take and produce pictures of people, places, and objects by using a variety of cameras, photographic equipment, computers, and image editing software. The photographs are used to advertise new fashions, promote models, and popularize certain designers in both print and electric formats. Some photographers may also take video of fashion models and fashion events. Approximately 132,100 photographers are...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training



Experience as an assistant photographer



Business Management


Personality Traits



Fashion photographers earned average salaries of $42,500 in November 2019, according to Earnings ranged from $33,811 to $48,082 or more. 

Median annual earnings for salaried photographers were approximately $34,000 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent made less than $19,850, while the highest paid 10 percent made more than $76,360...

Work Environment

Photographers’ working conditions vary based on the job and the employer. They may need to put in long or irregular hours to meet print deadlines. For some jobs they will work in a comfortable studio, while for others they may be on location, working on a dark street, or in the snow, or at a crowded fashion show. Freelance photographers have the added pressure of continually seeking new clients...


Employment for all photographers is expected to decline 6 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). For photographers specifically working in fashion, employment will likely be dependent on the prosperity of employers involved with the fashion field, such as magazines, newspapers, advertising firms, and fashion houses. The outlook for these agencies currently looks ...