In the fast-paced world of fashion photography, success requires not only talent and hard work but also the ability to collaborate, network, and stay ahead of the latest trends. We sat down with rising star Jaime Pavon to get his insights on how to make it as a fashion photographer in New York.
Pavon, who discovered his passion for fashion photography through a love of storytelling and a fascination with the imaginative worlds created by top photographers, has quickly become one of the most sought-after photographers in the city.
Here are his top tips for aspiring fashion photographers:
Follow your passion and work hard:
“Find what you love and work hard to achieve it,” says Pavon. “Don’t be afraid to dream big and set ambitious goals. But also be willing to put in the work and never stop learning.”
Collaborate and network:
Networking and collaborations with other creatives are crucial in the fashion industry. “Don’t underestimate the power of working with other talented creatives, even if there’s no money involved,” says Pavon. “Attend events, meet other photographers, models, designers, and stylists, and be friendly and open-minded.”
Stay on top of the latest trends:
Staying on top of the latest styles and trends is essential for fashion photography success. “Read fashion magazines, watch runway shows, discuss trends with other creatives, and consume media like biographies, podcasts, and movies,” advises Pavon. “But don’t be afraid to experiment and break the rules, while staying true to your own style and vision.”
Overcome challenges with perseverance:
In any industry, there will be challenges to overcome. Pavon faced the hurdle of being a newcomer in a highly competitive market. “Networking was and still is very challenging, but I never gave up,” he says. “Perseverance is key. Keep pushing yourself, stay focused on your goals, and don’t let setbacks discourage you.”
Learn from others and keep growing:
To continually improve and grow, Pavon advises photographers to “assist other photographers to gain experience and learn from them. Take workshops, attend seminars, and never stop studying. Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and always be willing to learn new things.”
Whether you’re an aspiring fashion photographer or simply seeking inspiration, Pavon’s insights offer valuable guidance for succeeding in this competitive and rewarding field