The qualities required to become a fashion photographer are many and varied.
First of all, they must be passionate about clothes or textiles in general, as well as have a feeling for colors and shapes. They thus need to rigorously follow the evolution of different trends, season after season. Constantly on the lookout for the latest developments, they need to have a keen sense of observation and analysis, in order to be able to anticipate and appropriate the various trends into a style of their own.
Teamwork and communication skills are equally essential. Throughout their activity, the fashion photographer works in close collaboration with a wide variety of players. At the level of creation and conception of the shoot, this involves the client representatives (sales managers, marketing specialists, artistic directors…). During the shoot itself, they collaborate with stylists, make-up artists, hairdressers, as well as one or several models. Last but not least, they can also be accompanied by one or several assistants.
Throughout their work, the fashion photographer must be attentive to the various interlocutors while showing tenacity and leadership, so as to maintain their vision and approach to photography.
Creativity, a taste for aesthetics, artistic sense, tenacity, efficiency, absolute perfectionism, organizational capacities, reactivity to stress, and communication: these are the main qualities required of a successful fashion photographer.