How to become a music photographer: Priti's story

Meet Priti and find out more about her life as a music photographer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

  • Priti always loved the creative subjects. During college she was torn on whether to try to make it as a music photographer or find a potentially more stable career

  • Priti is now a self-taught photographer, with lots of freelance work under her belt. She is currently shooting for a well-known music magazine

  • Her favourite part of the job is to shoot live events and portrait sessions, where she can mix it up and get creative while still fulfilling the clients' brief

  • Her main advice to people starting out would be to stick at it. Making it in this industry is a slow process. It's about networking and standing out from the crowd through your work and the relationships you build with your clients.

You don't need a qualification, or the latest and greatest equipment – just go out and do it!

The lowdown

  • What will I get paid? Your income will depend on how much paid work you secure and how well you can build and maintain your client base.

  • Where will I work? Initially, you'll probably work a lot from home when editing your photos and on location or at a studio when covering shoots.

  • What are the working hours like? You'll choose your working hours. It will often depend on the type of shoot you are covering and your clients availability.

  • What qualifications do I need? None in particular - passion, experience and dedication are the key, although photographic knowledge and people skills are important they can be learned through self study and on the job.

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