CAREER CRUISIN’ WITH JOE HUNTSeptember 20, 2013
The photography industry is fierce and competitive. In a world where the latest gadgets allow anyone to take a fairly decent snap, it can be tricky for young photographers to break their way into a serious career. Well fear not shutter lovers, we have some top tips from UO photographer Joe Hunt.
I began shooting almost 10 years ago whilst on a teaching trip in Tokyo. I traded English lessons for assistant work with a Japanese student of mine.
I was lucky enough to work with some of the most iconic celebrities out there, such as Leo DiCaprio and George Lucas. It snowballed from there really – I never intentionally wanted to work in fashion but have steadily progressed the older and greyer I’ve got. The journey so far has taken me to Urban Outfitters HQ, where I am responsible for producing the online imagery for the European sites.
In addition to UO, I try to keep as active as possible with my freelance career. Here’s my tips below…
Professionalism is key…
I’m rarely satisfied with my work. Not so much in a negative way but I think this attitude allows me to keep evolving my style.
Interning is so important. Find a photographer who inspires you and offer to work as their assistant.
Constantly update your portfolio with new images and send it to as many contacts as you can.
If you have a beautiful subject, 90% of your work is done.
When working on an important shoot, ensure you have control of the air conditioning unit. Either that or bring a spare top…
Position yourself amongst inspiring and influential individuals. It’s imperative to keep developing your own style and integrate with other creative minds as much as possible.
I meditate twice a day. It wipes your mind clean of the stresses you’ve endured throughout the day and sets you up for the next.
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