Senior photographers work for a range of organizations, including advertising/marketing companies, photography studios, magazines, and newspapers, and many also work independently. Because this is a senior position, a great deal of experience is typically required and they must also be able to coach and mentor less experienced photographers. Flexibility is often necessary for this position, as they may need to work varied schedules including days, evenings, nights, holidays, or weekends. They may be required to stand and walk for long periods of time and must be able to stoop, squat, bend, climb, and kneel to take pictures from different angles. Senior photographers must also be knowledgeable in using natural or unnatural lighting, familiar with both digital and conventional cameras, and able to carry and move heavy equipment and props.
A high school diploma or equivalent and years of experience are necessary for this position, and college-level education in photography is highly beneficial but not necessarily required. Senior photographers must have excellent collaborative, interpersonal, and communication skills and be able to work with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment. They may also be required to travel for various assignments or train new or junior photographers.
Senior Photographer Tasks
Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
Utilize software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge to edit photographs.
Use creative and technical photography knowledge to compose high-equality photographs.
Assess, critique, and train junior photographers.
Conduct photography sessions across a variety of customers and settings.