A senior photographer can make an above average income by combining photography, managerial and editing skills. The ability to successful manage and edit the content of a team of photographers is not an entry level position, usually requiring at least two or three years experience as a professional photographer. Responsibilities A senior photographer is the person in charge of seeing that the team of photographers working for the company complete their projects on time. The senior photographer is usually the one who assigns each photographer their project and sees that it is completed by the deadline. The senior photographer then edits their work when it is turned in, choosing which photos will be part of the final version of the project.
The type of photographic projects a senior photographer might work on range from news, sports, advertising, fashion, forensics, wildlife, architectural, corporate or even just weddings. An excellent background for a senior photographer is photojournalism, since that profession requires the development of both the photographic and editing skills you will need. If you have any journalistic experience, even just on a college newspaper, be sure to stress it in your senior photographer cover letter. Since a senior photographer oversees a team of photographers, good interpersonal skills and leadership capabilities are also needed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the starting pay for a senior photographer is 36,000 dollars per year. However, much depends upon where you work. A large magazine or corporate employer will pay much more, especially if you already have a reputation for excellence in the field. The career path of most senior photographers typically entail moving from one firm to a larger, better paying one. The demand for senior photographers is expected to increase by five percent between now and 2018. Because the job requires two valuable skills, photographic and editorial, it pays well.A senior photographer position is for those who have the ability to ensure that the photographic team completes their assignments and that the finished project will be of the quality required. If you work well under the stress of deadlines and are willing to change jobs as opportunity knocks, the pay raises can be both regular and impressive. A senior photographer is an experienced team player who assigns and brings photographic projects to completion. Also needed are leadership abilities and editorial skills.