Portrait photographer - Salary and Career
Professional Photographers

Portrait photographer - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They create photographic images of events, people, landscapes, objects and other themes, in black and white or in color, using fixed cameras (film or digital) and various accessories. They choose the theme or subject of photography or meet the demands of clients or employers, according to artistic, journalistic, commercial, industrial, scientific, etc. They can develop and retouch film negatives, take, enlarge and retouch copies, create graphic effects on images obtained by digital processes and reproduce them on paper or other support. They can run a photo studio or photography supply store.

How much does an Portrait photographer earn

A Portrait photographer earns between $1.147 and $2.600 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.485 and a median salary of $1.421 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 414 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Portrait photographer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.485 17.815 371 7
1º Quartile 1.147 13.768 287 5
Median Salary 1.421 17.052 355 7
3º Quartile 1.983 23.794 496 9
Higher Salary 2.600 31.200 650 12

Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • communicators, artists and religious
      • communication and information professionals
        • professional photographers

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Main workplaces

Professional Photographers they work in several areas, mainly in the press in general, in publicity, advertising and marketing, in the trade of goods, in various branches of services. They can also be found in teaching and research and development. Most are self-employed, employers and, to a lesser extent, employees. They can serve the public directly or not and carry out their activities alone or in a team, usually at irregular hours. In some activities, some professionals may work under special conditions, such as being in uncomfortable positions for long periods and being exposed to toxic materials and high temperatures.

What does it take to work in the field of Professional Photographers

Learning about family occupations can take place in practice and also through complete higher education in the area, depending on the occupation in question. The full performance of activities occurs, at least, after three years of experience.

Functions and activities of Portrait photographer

Professional Photographers must:

  • planning the photographic work;
  • create the photographic image;
  • create photo image;
  • research themes, procedures and photographic materials;
  • finish the product;
  • coordinate photo work team;
  • document the image;
  • disseminate the photographic language;
  • plan the photographic work;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • creating a photographic image;
  • disseminate photographic language;
  • disseminate photography language;
  • manage commercial aspects of photographic activity;
  • create the photo image;
  • operating specific equipment;
  • manage business aspects of photographic activity;
  • finish product;
  • publication of photographic language;
  • coordinate photographic work team;
  • operate specific equipment;
  • search themes, procedures and photographic materials;
  • plan photographic work;
  • managing commercial aspects of photographic activity;
  • planning photographic work;

  • Activities

    • control photographic material inventory;
    • conceptualize the photographic work;
    • provide maintenance of equipment and facilities;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • keep up to date;
    • study geographic and climatic conditions;
    • edit image;
    • publish books and catalogs;
    • frame the image;
    • control photographic material stock;
    • restore photo images;
    • choosing equipment according to intentions, area of operation and circumstances;
    • testing equipment and accessories;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • master techniques of your specialization;
    • study local/regional cultures and customs;
    • caption image;
    • presenting the final photographic product to the recipient;
    • schedule tasks;
    • frame image;
    • form new frames;
    • master the language of photography;
    • control cash flow, payments and receipts;
    • scan image;
    • calculating the cost/benefit ratio at work;
    • participate in professional associations;
    • follow professional project traced;
    • operate camera and accessories;
    • archive the photographic documents;
    • prepare self-promotional material;
    • define areas and forms of action in the labor market;
    • overcome economic limitations;
    • develop procedures for customer relations;
    • advise the development of new languages and products;
    • modulate the light;
    • operate imaging programs;
    • calculate the cost/benefit ratio at work;
    • choosing equipment according to intentions, area of activity and circumstances;
    • deal with unforeseen events;
    • develop insight;
    • develop synthesis capacity;
    • compensate staff;
    • evaluate results;
    • monitor measuring equipment;
    • experience photographic products and techniques;
    • list models;
    • discuss the agenda/briefing;
    • interpret the object to be photographed;
    • estimating costs;
    • show portfolio;
    • take calculated risks;
    • compose the image;
    • register the image on film or magnetic media;
    • reveal movies;
    • demonstrate punctuality;
    • produce documentation regarding the image;
    • interpret client desires and aspirations;
    • providing support equipment for image production and transmission;
    • need perspectives and points of view;
    • treat scanned or conventional image: brightness, contrast, definition and crop;
    • create the environment that expresses the desired emotion;
    • operate lighting equipment;
    • set up exhibitions;
    • research trends, style, materials;
    • choose the theme;
    • study photographic sources and references;
    • present the final photographic product to the recipient;
    • interact with the photographed;
    • budget photographic work;
    • manage time;
    • decide the moment of the photographic act;
    • negotiate prices;
    • cultivate persistence;
    • survey site infrastructure;
    • organize meetings and congresses;
    • delegate roles;
    • interview clients;
    • design scenes for shooting;
    • operating lighting equipment;
    • contextualize the photographic image;
    • set the material support of the photographic image;
    • deliver lectures;
    • study the legislation regarding the protection of copyright and the use of image;
    • disclose your work on the web;
    • search for spaces or locations to photograph;
    • study sources and photographic references;
    • produce documentation referring to the image;
    • arrange accreditation;
    • interpret the client's desires and aspirations;
    • teach the client to understand the image;
    • direct image production;
    • collect information on the topic;
    • test new finishing materials;
    • catalog photographic documents;
    • document the authorship of the photographic image;
    • select personnel;
    • deliver professional training courses;
    • enlarge photos;
    • trying out photographic products and techniques;
    • establish work schedule;
    • master the language;
    • exchange information with team;
    • understanding other languages;

    Sectors that hire Portrait photographer the most in the job market

    • photo production activities
    • retail sale of used cars, vans and utility vehicles
    • retail photography and filming goods
    • amusement parks and theme parks
    • other holding companies
    • specialized retailer of telephony and communication equipment
    • photo labs
    • surveillance and private security activities
    • snack bars, tea houses, juice houses and the like
    • manufacture of audio and video reception, playback, recording and amplification devices

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