As a professional photographer, creativity is your calling card – a talent you should ideally be able to express not only through images but also in the language you use to describe your photography skills when applying for jobs. Your cover letter and resume provide an excellent chance to make a positive first impression upon a potential employer by impressing them with your creative artistic background and technical skills. Before the hiring manager takes a look at your resume, he or she will read your cover letter.
Use this opportunity to highlight a few specific examples of your relevant skills and experiences, so that the hiring manager will be eager to read your resume and invite you for an interview. Below you’ll find an example of a cover letter and a resume for a photographer job.
Emphasizing Skills and Keywords in Your Cover Letter
As you compose your cover letter, keep in mind that it is, first and foremost, a marketing document that should entice a busy hiring manager to give the attached resume a serious look.
If your cover letter is too generic (the same cover letter you use for every job you apply to), is too general, or contains multiple grammatical or spelling errors, a hiring manager may not bother to even look at your resume. For best effect, your cover letter needs to target a specific employer.
Research the company you’re applying to so that you can better explain how your skills dovetail with their needs, corporate culture, and mission statement.
Also, have a look at the keywords mentioned in the job description, then echo these in your cover letter. There are certain specific photography skills that most employers are looking for in their new employees; these include a knowledge of digital photography techniques (composition, color correcting, cropping, image manipulation, editing), how to operate a DSLR camera, and customer relations aptitude.
Hiring managers are going to pick candidates to interview based upon how closely their cover letters and resumes match the qualifications they’re seeking. Your cover letter provides you with your best opportunity to introduce yourself and to demonstrate why you, with your unique knowledge, skills, training, and professional experiences, should rank as one of their leading candidates.
Photographer Cover Letter Example
This is an example of a cover letter for a photographer. Download the photographer cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Photographer Cover Letter Example (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2018
Hyland Wedding Photography
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Mr. Lau,
I read with great interest your August 25, 2018 posting for a wedding photographer representing The Wedding Photography Company. I believe that my ten years of photography experience and my technical skills make me a strong candidate for this position.
I have worked as a wedding photographer for the past five years, first as a photographer’s assistant and then as an associate photographer. I am skilled at estimating costs and developing a budget with clients. Clients have praised me for my ability to photograph efficiently and effectively while maintaining poise and enthusiasm. I bring this skill and professional demeanor to every photo shoot.
You specify that you need a photographer with current knowledge of the latest photographic trends and technology. Having recently graduated from the Franklin College of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography, I am well-versed in current photographic trends.
In my classes, I have also learned the latest photographic technologies, ranging from traditional darkroom techniques to using Lightroom and In Design for the enhancement of digital photographs.
I believe my extensive experience and up-to-date skills make me an ideal candidate for the position of a wedding photographer at The Wedding Photography Company. I have attached my resume for your review.
I will call you within the week to discuss the position further. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Signature (hard copy letter)
As a photographer who is seeking a new job, you should double-check that your resume includes all relevant experience, as well as awards, specialties, software knowledge, and editing skills. Your education and the management, organizational, and other soft skills you have gained are important to mention in addition to showing your portfolio. Presenting a glimpse into your background, before showcasing your work, will provide hiring managers with a better understanding of your ability and skill set.
What to Include in Your Resume
You should tailor your resume for each position to which you apply, based on the job posting and description. You will want to highlight the skills and experiences which are emphasized by the employer as required or preferred for the job. Take the time to review the skills you use as a photographer and analyze how they can best be aligned with the job description.
Candidates with a lot of experience in the field of photography can focus on showcasing the specific successes they have achieved, and list awards and recognition they have received. For entry-level positions, candidates can use classroom, internship, and volunteer experiences as well as paid positions.
Photographer Resume Example
The following is a sample resume for a photographer to use as a guide. Adjust details and format to reflect your body of work and target position.
Photographer Resume Sample (Text Version)
111 Maple Road
Boston, MA, 02113
Jane Smith Photography, Medford, MA, Associate Photographer
Sept. 20XX - present
- Document multiple weddings each week
- Prepare images for print and web, then archive and send to the client
- Featured multiple times in Photography First’s “Local Weddings” blog
Eastman Photography Studio, Boston, MA, Photographer’s Assistant
Sept. 20XX – Aug. 20XX
- Attend all meetings with clients to estimate costs and develop a budget
- Capture and edit photographs for weddings, events, portraits, and magazine shoots
- Collaborate with the curator on design and installation of photography exhibitions
ABC College of Fine Arts, Worcester, MA, Darkroom Assistant Technician
Nov. 19XX – Aug. 20XX
- Assist students and patrons in developing, processing and printing analog film
- Guest lecturer on darkroom technology and techniques in Photography 101 course
Exhibitions and Awards
“Local Talent Exhibit,” XYZ Community College Exhibition, Boston, MA
Award Winner, Outstanding Black-and-White Print, ABC College of Fine Arts Student Showcase, Worcester, MA
Solo Photography Show, Rays of Hope Fundraising Benefit
Award Nomination, Big E Fair Honorable Mention
ABC College of Fine Arts Student Showcase, Worcester, MA
- Expert at all camera formats, digital capture, black-and-white, print, films
- Adobe Creative Suite
- In Design
ABC College of Fine Arts, Worcester, MA, May 20XX
Major: Visual Art
Bachelor of Arts
GPA of 3.8
Summa cum laude
Sending an Email Application
If you're sending your resume and cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message so that the recipient will immediately realize that your message requires their attention:
Subject: Photographer Position - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, but don't list the employer contact information.