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A day in the life… #fashionphotographer

So with the success of the poll on the first ‘a day in the life…’ post, which covered what I do as a fashion buyer (if you missed it, click here) I have decided to do a monthly interview with a friend in fashion, to give more insight on the different careers available in the fashion industry. Today’s Q&A is with fashion photographer, Tegan Smith, the lovely lady that captures my style for this blog. portrait

Q: What did you study in order to be a Fashion Photographer and how did you come to working in fashion?

I studied photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Art.

Up until a year after leaving high school I always wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed taking photos and many people suggested I take my talent further so I studied photography for three years and received my diploma.

When I started photography I wanted to be a nature and travel photographer but when studying, college pushed me to do commercial shoots and fine art shoots and I found my love for fashion there.

Q: In simple terms what does being a Fashion Photographer entail/ What does a typical day in such a job entail?

10420196_778314505574961_7629787243321788624_nMy job is all about capturing moments and working with light – that is photography to me. I photograph events, people, products and anything fashion-based.

A regular work day entails: marketing my business on social platforms, replying to emails, editing images, running errands and shooting for clients.

It is hard to choose one thing I love about my job as I love many things about it. I love meeting new people and being creative. I also love having my own time – I can go to the beach mid-week if I want to. The thing I like the least is the large amount of time I spend at my computer as well as working on weekends when everyone else is off from work.

Q: Is Fashion Photography all you thought it would be?

When looking back to when I started photography – I am where I imagined I would be. But when looking back to my younger self – I imagined I would be a teacher. I still plan to be a teacher of some sort one day.

Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a career in Retail Buying? 

There is a general idea that photography is an “easy-money” job. What they don’t know is the amount of competition you have as well as the amount of work that goes into it. My wise words would be: Work hard, treat every person like they are your highest paying client and network!

To see more of Tegan’s work and see who else in the fashion world she has worked with, check out her blog HERE and follow here on her various social media platforms here:

twitter – @TegzPhotography

insta – @tegansmithphotography

tumblr – @tegansmithphotography 

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Through Shaded Eyes (TSE) is the brainchild of Tokelo Motsepe. A retail buyer and digital strategist with an addiction to blogging, this blog is a platform for my style, life and love for fashion to be shared. What started as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, has now become a place to let out my passion for fashion & writing, in-between time spent at work, traveling, or doing everything else life throws at me… it has become a form of expression and I hope it can inspire and encourage you to also share!


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