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!

What to expect if you want to become a music photographer

  • 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 you need to be music photographer?

  • 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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