If you fancy yourself an expert of the lens, you can combine your interest in haute couture with fashion photography.

Read on for an overview, and information about what you can expect from a photography course.


Fashion photography focuses on the display of fashion clothing and items. It is most common on advertising boards and in fashion magazines. The photography will usually feature models wearing the display items.

Fashion photography has existed almost as long as photography itself has been around. This type of photography has always changed with the times. Understanding new trends, creating new ones, and using past ones as inspiration are important techniques to learn.

Photographers don’t just ensure that the correct photo has been taken; they also check the clothing, hair, and make-up of models.

Magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and more have budgets of millions of dollars to photograph in luxurious destinations.

Fashion Photography courses

There are many fashion photography courses which will teach you technical and theoretical knowledge.

The right equipment and setting will be provided such as cameras, and photographic studios with the correct lighting and darkrooms.

Studying a course will also give you the valuable opportunity of collaborating with designers, make-up artists, and models, giving you a glimpse into your future career.

Graduates of photography can expect to land roles in fashion, editorial, video production, and more. In this field, the wider your experience and portfolio, the better.

Famed photographers

Patrick Demarchelier is a former French fashion photographer who has taken photographs for French, American, and British Vogue. He has also shot for Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.

Demarchelier has also led the advertising campaigns of Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Armani, and more.

Mario Testino is also a highly celebrated photographer. The Peruvian born image editor has shot for Vanity Fair and GQ.

He has also shot for brands including Gucci, Michael Kors, and Lancôme.

If you’re looking for photography colleges to pursue a role in this field, take a look at LCCA’s HNC/HND in Photography and other fashion courses.