The most complete step-by-step guide to starting your fashion photography career is here! Before I photographed Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Ricky Martin, Madonna, and countless models for magazine spreads I was a guy lost with his camera. This book is for those that want to learn fashion photography and make money with their camera. If you are not sure where to start, how to set up a shoot, then this book is for you!
It took me years to figure our the industry and how everything works, and all along I hoped for a book or course to hold my hand through the process of building my fashion photography book. It did not exist, and I decided to write one and help others avoid some of the pitfalls and setbacks that I had.
Whether I am photographing a legendary artist or brand new model, much of the process is the same. As photographers need to spend thousands on camera gear, I intentionally priced each book to cost no more than couple cups of coffee.
This is my first book which is an extension of my Instagram, blog and youtube accounts and the first book I’ve written. The photography world is rapidly changing and I want to use my experience with every record cover, magazine or client help with your career.
I humbly say, this is the book that I was looking for when I started. I did not know then that I would have to write it myself.
In this book, I will walk you through every single step needed to set up an important test shoots. Test shoots are essential for the fashion photographer and I will teach you everything there is to know from building your team, having a top agency give you a model, managing your shoot and making your proposal. It is full of inspiration and knowledge, and the book that I needed when I started my photography career.
There is a part II to this book. Look for it “Build Your Fashion Photography Portfolio – Book II: The Complete Post Production Guide”
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
MEMBERSHIP: With the purchase of this book, you are granted access to my private Facebook Group where members can help each other and grow together. I pop into this group often and interact with everyone!
CHAPTER 1 (WHY TEST SHOOTS ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CAREER)
1. WHAT IS A TEST SHOOT?
2. INSPIRATION & A PEP TALK
3. THE 5-STEP HIRING PROCESS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
4. WHY BRANDS HIRING PHOTOGRAPHERS
5. CASE STUDY OF 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS
6. HOW TO THINK LIKE A BRAND EXECUTIVE
7. WHEN TO WORK FOR FREE AND WHEN TO WALK AWAY
CHAPTER 2 (PUTTING YOUR PHOTO SHOOT TOGETHER)
1. EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER
2. PICKING YOUR SQUAD
3. 4 BIG TIPS TO ALSO KNOW
4. GIVE THEM A VOICE (WHILE KEEPING CHARGE)
5. BUILD YOUR MOOD BOARD
6. WHAT SHOULD A MOOD BOARD LOOK LIKE
7. THE RECIPE FOR A GOOD MOOD BOARD
8. WHAT THE MODELING AGENCIES LOOK FOR
CHAPTER 3 (APPROACHING THE AGENCY)
1. WHAT IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE AGENCY?
2. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE AGENCY?
3. BRAND NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS
4. AGENCY MODEL VS. IG MODEL
CHAPTER 4 (THE NEXT CRUCIAL STEPS)
1. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER SETTING THE SHOOT UP?
2. SAMPLE LETTER TO AGENCY AND MODEL
ABOUT WALID AZAMI SECTION
BONUS: SAMPLE SHOT LIST