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Tips for Crafting a Photographer Job Description

Need a photographer but don’t know where to start looking for one? Here are some tips and a sample job description you can tailor to find the best independent talent for your photography needs. 

What is a photographer?

A photographer captures still images from a range of events for various applications from print to web. Photographs have myriad uses, from telling stories in publications to displaying products in catalogs to providing memories to individuals. Photographers must be flexible and communicate well with editors, marketing and creative personnel, and individual clients to collaborate on assignments or projects. A photographer can make or break a photoshoot. There are no reshoots when covering an event for informational publications or a once-in-a-lifetime personal event. A photographer must often think quickly and react to the action to get the best possible shot in these instances.

Product photography is the exact opposite. It requires excellent artistic vision and planning skills to manufacture the perfect image. Other product jobs require a significant volume of tedious work. Photographers might take shots for many different business applications, such as brochures and display advertising. They must have professional-level equipment, strong composition, technical skills to use that equipment well, and digital photography editing skills. Some photographers outsource photo editing work. While some photographers may learn on the job from other experts, many have college degrees, such as a bachelor’s in photography, fine arts, photojournalism, or commercial photography.

Example of a photographer job description

The following provides a sample job description that explores the responsibilities and qualifications of a photographer.

The job overview

Our retail website needs an experienced commercial photographer to support our marketing and creative team for recurring contract work. You will be responsible for creating compelling images that support our brand image in marketing materials and product lifestyle articles. It will be critical to collaborate with our art director and other creative personnel to deliver the best results. We hope you bring expertise and ideas to enhance the creative process. We also need some basic product images for our retail platform every two months. The total workload will vary by month from approximately 20 to 50 hours, and we pay by the assignment or project. The business will retain all image copyrights.

Job responsibilities

Some of the photographer’s responsibilities will include:

  • Take a range of types of photos, including lifestyle shots, individual detail and product packaging shots, and elaborately lit and conceived product photos (outside and in the studio, with and without models)
  • Collaborate with the marketing department’s creative leaders to emphasize our brand and conceive compelling lifestyle images and complex product shoots, both for advertising and lifestyle articles
  • Edit the photos, both for high-quality print applications and website use; optimize digital images for web applications, including metadata
  • Provide multiple options for more creative shots and choose in consultation with the art director; select and submit all basic product shots
  • Bring and set up lighting and finalize the approach of indoor product shoots in consultation with the creative director

Job qualifications 

Some of the photographer’s qualifications should include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in commercial photography 
  • A minimum of two years of experience in marketing and product photography
  • A strong portfolio
  • Possess top of the line professional photographic equipment, including digital camera, lenses, accessories, and lighting 
  • High proficiency in photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, unless the processing of photos is being subcontracted 
  • Strong eye for visual composition
  • Creative and technical skills in planning and creating settings with the proper aesthetics for complex photoshoots 
  • Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills to collaborate on photoshoots
  • Understanding of marketing and website design to aid in planning photographs
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines


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