Freelance Photographer Job Description

Updated on: September 7, 2016

Position Overview

In these days of high tech cell phone cameras and easy to use software to enhance images, it is a wonder that conventional photography is still popular. For people who want to relish their events, hiring the services of a photographer makes sense. A lot of photographers have now gone freelance making it easy for them to work on projects without any limitations or bars on their creativity. However, some still choose to work for organizations, mostly to handle corporate photography needs.

A freelance photographer needs to possess extensive experience in handling photography work, backed by a degree in photography – in some instances, a short photography course may do as well. Photographers need to be creative individuals who see their subjects as forms of art. They need to be able to work with compositions, props and scenes, and direct their subjects in a manner that is creative and stylish.

Working as a freelance photographer means that you will be working for different clients on a daily basis. They confer with clients to determine their specific requirements, provide them with suggestions, and ensure that they meet the requirements of each client, by doing exactly what is required of them – with a little creative license of course!

On any typical day at work, a freelance photographer may perform some or all of the duties below:

Freelance Photographer Duties and Responsibilities

• Interview clients to determine their photography needs for fashion, corporate, even coverage or still photography
• Provide clients with options on photography styles and backgrounds and assist them in choosing the right ones
• Create compositions using props and locations and direct subjects to act or stay natural, depending on the specific requirements of the project
• Set up equipment such as cameras, lenses, tripods and lights according to the specific requirements of each photography project
• Capture images using cameras, by directing helpers and subjects, ensuring that more than 2 exposures are taken for each angle
• Liaison with other professionals such as graphic designers, writers, gallery managers and art directors to comprehend use of exposed images
• Process images using standard or digital procedures, ensuring maintenance of quality at all times
• Create and maintain effective liaison with vendors and suppliers to ensure timely and accurate obtainment of photography equipment and supplies
• Prepare proofs for approval, especially for event coverage and corporate projects and complete projects for sales, including making albums and framed prints
• Use a variety of image enhancing software to create and print superior quality photographs in different sizes