Career outlook for photographic stylist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help photographers get the best images by creating the right look and mood for a photo shoot.
You would usually specialise in one type of photography:
You’d find the props, dress the set and make arrangements behind the scenes. You would get ideas or instructions – called the ‘brief’ – from the photographer or art director.
On some jobs you might have a lot of creative freedom whilst on others the brief might be very strict.
- Discuss the brief with the photographer or art director
- Come up with ideas
- Decide on the best clothes, accessories and backgrounds to achieve the desired look
- Buy, borrow or hire props, clothing and accessories
- Arrange the set
- Dress models and make adjustments so that clothes fit and look good
- Keep a stock of fashion or home accessories so you can contribute items to a shoot
- Develop good relationships with shops, prop suppliers, public relations agencies, photographers and models
- Keep up to date with trends
In food styling, you would buy ingredients, cook the food (before or during the shoot, as necessary), and display it in an appetising way.
As a fashion stylist, as well as doing photographic work, you might work on fashion shows, music videos and TV shows.
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