Tuesday Tip: How to Learn What They Don’t Teach You in Photo School

Posted by on Tuesday October 31, 2017 | Uncategorized

Before she launched her own career, fashion and beauty photographer Kat Borchart spent five years as post-production supervisor for fashion photographer Dewey Nicks. “It was a huge game changer,” she says. “I got to see everything about what being a photographer is: promotions, treatments, pitches, managing the archive.” She adds, “When I went on set I absorbed everything I could.” She paid close attention to how Nicks worked with clients, handled talent on set, and directed crew. “He shot a lot of celebrities. I saw how he gave them inspiration and direction,” Borchart says. “I also saw the importance of great hair styling and makeup, and [choosing] great locations.”

A year after she started working for Nicks, Borchart started doing her own test shoots on the side, applying the things she was learning from Nicks. That enabled her to build a portfolio that eventually led to her first assignments.

See “How Kat Borchart Built a Career in Fashion and Beauty Photography

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