Fashion Photography, Some History

Magazines such as Allure, Vogue and Vanity Fair are known to display some of the best fashion photography that you will ever come across. Photography is a way of showcasing models wearing the trends in clothes, jewelry, sunglasses, hairstyles, necklaces, shoes and other items. The first known record of fashion photography was the portfolio of the Countess de Castiglione, Virginia Oldoini in 1856. The world’s first fashion photographer was Adolphe Braun, as he was the one responsible for shooting the first fashion model. Spark and color were added to fashion magazines once halftone printing was introduced to the fashion photography industry. The first magazines to make use of fashion photography were the French magazines Les Mode and La Mode Practique.

At first, fashion photography consisted of staging the shoots in natural environments using natural poses. Baron Adolf de Meyer was the person who first developed and adopted this practice. In the first part of the 20the century, the magazines that were the leaders were Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. The moguls of the industry still pay tribute to the likes of Yva, Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton, and George Hoyningen Huene. These were the individuals who help to establish fashion photography in Europe. Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Martin Munkacsi made significant contributions after World War II.

A majority of the artists of earlier times deserted their adopted forms, and took on a more independent and natural style. 1936 was the year that models were first photographed at the beach in different poses, by Martin Munkacsi. After World War II, fashion photography became quite popular among young men who loved to hold a camera in their hands, and among young women who had the ideal body type of a fashion model. Today, fashion photography has evolved into a life of its own. Models and photographers are now seen as international celebrities, and enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and glamorous. But make no mistake this it is no easier for the photographer then it is the models, only a small percentage of those trying to make it actually succeed.

Fashion can be showcased in various avenues. Some of these well appreciated and well paid avenues include celebrity portraiture, art photography and fashion advertising. Fashion moguls such as agent Gloria Cappelletti and photo editor Clio McNicholl both agree that the fashion photography industry is quickly evolving.

For anyone wanting to become a fashion photographer it is important to keep up on trends and aesthetics of the industry. Study the images in the top fashion publications and try to understand the images and what attracts editors to them. Its interesting to look back at some of the really great photographers from a few decades ago. Interesting that some of the fashion photographers appear to have disappeared. The ones still shooting are the ones that accept change and reinvent their style all the time, fashion photography can become dated almost as quickly as the fashions they showcase.

As a professional photographer, apart from your camera, the most important tool that you can own is your portfolio. Your portfolio is actually your gateway to the industry. There are certain guidelines that you must follow when submitting your portfolio to a fashion editor. Once you are able to follow these guidelines correctly, you will on your way to becoming one of the world’s renowned fashion photographers.

The Secret To Getting Fashion Internships!

It is really important to gain experience by interning to help you break into the fashion industry! Paid internships programs, can be competitive and tend to have early recruitment periods during winter to early spring semester. Another alternative is to arrange for a non-paid internship (where you earn college credit).

As with everything in life, getting a fashion internship all about the preparation! Proper preparation, along with your other assets, with set you apart from your competition and will help make hiring you a no-brainer!

If you don’t have any industry contacts, don’t get down in the dumps! It could just be a sign that you need to get out and do some major networking! You can start with college career counselors, professors, and other students while also exploring industry events (fashion shows, open houses, trunk shows, etc.) where you can meet lots of new fashion contacts.

You can also approach creative agencies, designers, stylists, fashion editors, or fashion producers to say you want to learn their craft and are interested in interning. Many of these people will be happy to have someone come in and help lighten their load. Although you may not earn a stipend, you will definitely gain experience and exposure to the industry.

All of these people could possibly have valuable information that can lead to you getting an internship. To find the right fashion internship, make sure you openly discuss your job search with the people you know and ask them to check in with the people they know. Doing so could really help you out big time!

Here are 2 resources that you can use to search for fashion internships:

Free Fashion Internships: Lists fashion internships across the country.
Check out http://www.freefashioninternships.com

Style Careers: This is the largest fashion-only job search website.
Visit: http://www.stylecareers.com

Once you have scored an internship, make sure you build bridges with managers and co-workers while you are working there so you can keep in touch once your job has ended to keep the lines of communication open.