How To Write a Photographer Resume in 7 Steps (With Template)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published September 29, 2022

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Photographers take photos and edit them for various uses, including personal, academic and marketing. Becoming a photographer for a non-freelance firm may require writing an effective photographer resume that highlights your skills and experience. If you plan on writing a photographer resume in an effort to secure a role, it may be helpful to learn steps on how to do so.

In this article, we discuss how to write a resume for a non-freelance position, provide a template for your resume and include a detailed example you can reference when crafting your own.

How to write a non-freelance photographer resume

Non-freelance photographers may work for many employers, including photography teams, large retail stores, newspapers and magazines. Here are some steps you may take when writing your resume:

1. Collect crucial personal information

Gathering your personal information may quicken the process of writing your resume. For example, it's often helpful to gather your job history and education experience, along with awards and accolades you've earned. In addition, double-checking this information may help ensure its accuracy, including checking for the proper spelling of company and manager names.

2. Create a portfolio online

Gathering your best photos and creating a portfolio may showcase your best work to a potential employer. In-print portfolios may provide an easy-to-submit option. However, some employers may want to see a digital portfolio. You can identify a website to upload and label your photos, sharing the site's URL on your resume.

Related: What Is a Work Portfolio? (Plus How To Build One)

3. Brainstorm your photography skills

Effective photographers may possess many skills that are important to highlight on their resumes. For instance, you may include interpersonal skills, editing, shot composition, lighting and processing on your resume. Integrating these skills throughout your document helps a potential employer gauge your skills and may make your resume more informative and easy to read.

4. Contact past customers

Integrating personal anecdotes into your resume may provide context for your photography skills. Creative resumes like these often allow space for these accolades near the bottom after your awards but before your photography tools. Consider contacting customers whom you've worked with successfully and asking them for their testimonial or a brief one-sentence statement indicating your past successes.

Related: How To Become a Professional Photographer

5. Follow a simple template

Resume templates may simplify your writing process. These templates could include detailed formatting information that may produce a streamlined and efficient resume. In addition, you may tweak these templates as necessary, expanding or narrowing their scope and focus. For instance, you may not include an accolades section if the employer's application process doesn't ask for one.

6. Double-check your resume

After writing your resume, proofing and editing may help you spot common errors. For instance, you may notice formatting errors that would be best to correct. You may also identify errors in dates that would be helpful to change to ensure accuracy. Consider checking your resume or finding someone willing to read through your resume to detect other errors.

7. Work with a resume-writing team

If you feel it would be helpful for someone else to check your resume and want to ensure its professionalism, contacting a resume-writing team may help. These professionals can check your resume, provide tips on improving it or even write and edit it for you. Some state employment agencies may provide this help for free, though paid services may also be available to handle this process for you.

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Template for a photographer resume

Here's a template for an effective photographer resume that you can reference when writing your own:

[First name] [Last name], [Degree or certification if applicable]

[Phone number] | [Email address] | [City], [State]

Professional Summary 

[Two to three sentences that highlight years of experience, relevant skills, education or certifications and achievements as a professional.]

Experience

[Job Title] | [Employment dates]
[Company Name] | [City], [State]

  • (Strong verb) + what you did (more detail) + reason, outcome or quantified results.

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

[Job Title] | [Employment dates]
[Company Name] | [City], [State]

  • (Strong verb) + what you did (more detail) + reason, outcome or quantified results.

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

Education

[University you attended, location]
[Any degree you earned, graduation date]

Awards

  • [Award list detailing any competitions you won in reverse chronological order]

Testimonials

[Include one or two attributed quotes from your past photography customers]

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Example of a photographer resume

Here's an example resume using the template above that you can reference when crafting your own:

Sandra Pratchett
Halifax, AZ | 555-727-2910 | SPratchett@email.com
Summary
Creative, innovative photographer producing high-quality photos in studio settings. Dedicated to producing fantastic shots that ensure client satisfaction. Adept at handling all financial planning needs, scheduling gigs, designing sets, setting up lights, editing photos and producing effective pictures for a client's needs.
Education
Halifax University of Arizona
2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
Experience
, Self-employed photographer
2017–present
  • Provides diverse photos to many clients, including weddings, pet photography, children photography, school sessions, toddler shoots, sports photos and corporate events
  • Uses strong interpersonal skills to build long-lasting connections with clients
  • Handles all business needs, including planning shoots and financial needs
Smith Retail Market, Photo specialist
2008–2017
  • Worked in the photo lab for Smith Retail Market, taking family shots, passport photos and all other in-store needs
  • Developed film and handled digital photography editing for all clients
  • Helped customers find strong pictures, provided insight into photo equipment and scheduled photo sessions.
Halifax Daily News, Sports photographer (internship)
2006–2008
  • Learned about active-session photography, including proper settings to capture sporting events
  • Traveled between sporting events in the region to capture shots daily
  • Edited photos and laid out the sports photo section for the newspaper to make sure all participant names were accurate
Skills
  • 1st Place, Arizona State Print Competition, Landscape Category, 2015
  • 3rd Place, Arizona Portrait Competition, 12x18 Category, 2012
  • Honorable Mention, Arizona Landscape Competition, 20x32 Category, 2009
  • 1st Place, Arizona Journalism Awards, Sports Category, 2007
  • Honorable Mention, Halifax University Photo Competition, Portrait Category, 2004

Testimonials

"Sandra skillfully captured my daughter's innate playfulness and beauty in her fun and rewarding teen photoshoot" - Harold Williams

"Sandy was super easy to work with and amazingly professional. She worked longer than I expected finding the best shot for Robert's sports poses." - Sheila Handerson

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