Photo Clients

How To Become a Professional Photographer Without Assisting

April 6, 2017

By David Walker

© Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood shot Natalie Portman, for DuJour magazine. As a photo editor, Wood learned how pre-production decisions influence the outcome of a shoot.

Working as a photo assistant may be the most common pathway to a career as a photographer, but it isn’t the only one. Many photographers have built the foundations of their careers on the experience they’ve gained as producers, reps, art directors and other jobs. “I tell students they shouldn’t be too single-minded” about making a living as a photographer...

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