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Become A School Photographer

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Working As A School Photographer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Stressful

  • $31,651

    Average Salary

Example Of What A School Photographer does

  • Take school photos from grades Pre-K through 12th.
  • Experience in office answering phones, data entry and handling orders and credit card information
  • Coach new employees on the fly; troubleshoot camera equipment and computer/software issues.
  • Provide clear direction and expectations for parents, school personnel, and student helpers regarding their role in Picture Day.
  • Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
  • Served as a liaison between school sponsor and studio, handled questions regarding photography sessions.
  • Maintain equipment in a safe manner and transport between schools according to company guidelines.
  • Worked with K-12 in school taking photos.
  • Established relationships on behalf of Lifetouch Studios with Bay Area schools.
  • Traveled CNY Photographing for picture day and special events.
  • Communicated clear directions to students, school personnel and parents about picture day.
  • Planned, set-up and adjusted camera, props and background accessories.
  • Provided high quality photographs with a strong, dependable and professional work ethic.
  • Capture high quality portraits while displaying confidence and professionalism at all times.
  • Guaranteed customer satisfaction handling large volume of photography, resolving issues with good time management and customer service skills.
  • Organized photo shoots and schedules at new location each day.
  • Organize materials and assemble necessary equipment ensuring all supplies are available on Picture Day.
  • Travel throughout the city to different schools in the area.

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How To Become A School Photographer

Although postsecondary education is not required for portrait photographers, many take classes because employers usually seek applicants with a “good eye” and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography. Photojournalists and industrial and scientific photographers often need a bachelor’s degree.


Although postsecondary education is not required for most photographers, many take classes or earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field because such an education can improve their skills and employment prospects.

Many universities, community and junior colleges, vocational–technical institutes, and private trade and technical schools offer classes in photography. Basic courses in photography cover equipment, processes, and techniques. Art schools may offer useful training in photographic design and composition.

Entry-level positions in photojournalism or in industrial or scientific photography generally require a college degree in photography or in a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks employment. For example, classes in biology, medicine, or chemistry may be useful for scientific photographers.

Business, marketing, and accounting classes can be helpful for self-employed photographers.


Photographers have a talent or natural ability for taking good photos, and this talent is typically cultivated over years of practice. For many artists, including photographers, developing a portfolio—a collection of an artist’s work that demonstrates his or her styles and abilities—is essential. A portfolio is necessary because art directors, clients, and others often want to look at one when deciding whether to hire or contract with the photographer.

Photographers often start working as an assistant to a professional photographer. This work provides an opportunity to gain experience, build the photographers’ portfolios, and gain exposure to prospective clients.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Photographers capture their subjects in images, and they must be able to evaluate the artistic quality of a photograph. Photographers need a “good eye”—the ability to use colors, shadows, shades, light, and distance to compose good photographs.

Business skills. Photographers must be able to plan marketing strategies, reach out to prospective clients, and anticipate seasonal employment.

Computer skills. Most photographers do their own postproduction work and must be familiar with photo-editing software. They also use computers to maintain a digital portfolio.

Customer-service skills. Photographers must be able to understand the needs of their clients and propose solutions to any problems that arise.

Detail oriented. Photographers who do their own postproduction work must be careful not to overlook details and must be thorough when editing photographs. In addition, photographers accumulate many photographs and must maintain them in an orderly fashion.

Interpersonal skills. Photographers often photograph people. They must communicate effectively to achieve a certain composition in a photograph.

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School Photographer Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

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Top Skills for A School Photographer


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Top School Photographer Skills

  1. Install Photographic Equipment
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. High Quality Portraits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
  • Posed and photographed students and staff during school portraits, capturing high quality portraits while displaying professionalism at all times.
  • Guaranteed customer satisfaction handling large volume of photography, resolving issues with good time management and customer service skills.
  • Travel to different schools, set up photography equipment and take yearbook or seasonal photographs of students and faculty.
  • Traveled to schools across Western New York acting as a liaison between Lifetouch and the school.

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