How to become a photographer: Corinne's story

Meet Corinne, 24, to find out more about life as a photographer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I get to be creative and travel with my job. It’s a win win!

  • Corrine had a tough experience when finishing school and didn't get the grades she needed to go to university
  • She went through Clearing and studied Geography at Kingston University, where she really started to pursue her interest in photography through societies and networking
  • Corrine is glad she studied English at school because writing is part of her day-to-day job – she writes emails to clients, information about her studio on her website, and social media posts.

Corrine's career path

What to expect if you want to become a photographer

  • Photographer salary: £14,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Photographer working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a photographer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You can take a photography course at college like a Level 3 diploma in Photography as a first step towards a career as a professional photographer. You'll need a portfolio of your work to show your skills, interests, and experience in photography to potential employers and clients so it’s important to keep records of the work you’ve done. The Association of Photographers (AOP) offers membership for anyone with an interest in professional photography.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a photographer.

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