I would like to share with you a really valuable resource for Editorial Photographers that is completely free. Use AdSprouts to look up every major magazine with its full Media Kit to find out the circulation and media buy per page of advertising. This is valuable to decipher what usage fees to charge clients who want to use your images in print ads. I use the baseline rule of asking for a 10% of media buy for usage fees. In this case, if your image was printed in an issue of Vogue Magazine with a media buy for 1 page of $172,075, then your usage for this one printing would be $17,308. If your images ends up in Vogue, then likely the client is buying ads in Harpers’ Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, This could be upwords of millions of dollars in ad buys, so make sure you know where your images are going and that you get your 10%!!!

When bidding out jobs for clients, make sure to ask them these key questions.

1) Who is the client

2) What is the budget? (They May not answer this, but asking key questions will help you)

3) How Many Days of Shooting and Prepping

4) What is the Usage

5) How many models/talent are we shooting and for how many days

6) Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe, Prop Stylists – should I include them in the budget

7) Where is the location – and do we need permits

8) When do you need this bid, and should I include a producer

9) What is the look, feel and style we are going for

10) Are you triple bidding this with two other photographers?

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Kevin Michael Schmitz is an Advertising & Editorial Photographer, TV Host & Director, and The Director of The Photography Workshop Series. He is represented in LA, NY and Paris and photographs major ad campaigns and over 75 magazine editorials worldwide.

Why just taking pictures is not enough these days: How to be a Producer
Photographing world class images comes down to being a photographer, it means being a Producer. What does this even mean? We delve into what makes a high end fashion shoot truly come to life by talking with celebrity fashion photographer Kevin Michael Schmitz, and who produces his own shoots.

Building recognition and getting you noticed in the high end photographic industry comes down to telling a dynamic story and creating a high quality shoot with production value. The first and most critical component to making images memorable is producing. This entails booking agency represented wardrobe stylists, makeup artists, casting models & talent, locations, permits, lighting equipment, assistants, food or craft services, and every detail of a photoshoot. A professional producer can manage this for you, but most photographers have to take the reins and make it happen by themselves. Here are a few secrets to making your photoshoots really count!

Planning out a Photoshoot: The most critical component to a fashion photoshoot is the wardrobe. You literally cannot shoot a high end fashion photoshoot without a wardrobe stylist, because the apparel is what fashion is all about. I have listed out in order, the most important facets of each photoshoot in terms of production.

Wardrobe: A top notch wardrobe stylist can make your photographs look world class, but this is where most photographers fall short. Reach out to the styling agents in your area: you can find hundreds of stylists and styling agents on If you live in a more rural area and not in a major city with access to production services, then plan out a shoot in the nearest city with styling teams. There are also options to rent high fashion apparel online and have it shipped to you directly. Better yet: Buy the wardrobe online from Nordstrom, Amazon or any major department store that carries the latest trends and has a great return policy. I often buy thousands of dollars worth of apparel for many of my shoots just to supplement the wardrobe from the stylist. I simply buy online, use it for the shoot, and ship it back afterwards, which ends up being free in the end (other than shipping costs which typically run from $15 to $40). Wardrobe Stylists are rare and hard to find really great ones that are not completely insane or unprofessional. Once you find a good one, treat them right, and never let them go! I have worked with about 80 professional wardrobe stylists in my career, and I have literally only liked about 5. Those 5 get booked all of the time for my shoots!

Location: Imagine, creating a spectacular fashion shoot on location in the middle of a cracked Earth Desert with an incredible sunset beaming through the evening sky. Well, forget about it, unless you want your models to wake up at 4am to drive out to the desert where they will be incredibly uncomfortable, have no restrooms available, and no electricity to be styled with. I have produced fashion photoshoots all over the world from 1500 Byzantine palaces in Istanbul to white sand beaches in the Maldives to sky scrapers in Dubai. In all of my experience, I highly recommend you find a private location owned by private owner friendly to photographers. With a house, mansion or even church, there are always bathroom facilities, electrical outlets, and comfortable quarters for stylists and models to prepare. This definitely beats the elements, and avoids the hassle and expense of obtaining film permits all together in most instances. Once I book my wardrobe stylist, I arrange my shoot location. One great tip to find fabulous places to shoot is to reach out to the real estate agents that handle the most expensive mansions in your area. Build a relationship with them and offer to photograph their listings for free in return for allowing you to do a fashion shoot at their location. This works quite well, and you may even be able to offer publicity by shooting magazine editorials at their location (which can help sell the property).

Models: Strong Talent is VITAL!!!! It doesn’t matter how great your photography is, if your talent is weak. Even some of the top magazines in the world have crappy photography, but spectacular talent. With the right model styled well, its very hard not to take a great picture. First off, ONLY book models from modeling agencies. Don’t risk going to Modelmayhem or photographing your cousin or friend. Even if someone looks beautiful in person, they may not look amazing on camera. Models are flaky and sometimes hard to deal with, so make sure to work with only true professionals that are responsible to an agent. Calling a modeling agency and requesting models that fits your project is what I highly recommend. Research online the top modeling agencies in your area and start building relationships with the model bookers in the the “new faces” division. They are usually very eager to have their hot new girls and guys photographed for their portfolios. This can be a great opportunity for you to access great talent for free, or very inexpensive. Request a “package” from the modeling agency of their best models that meet your criteria and explain to the agent exactly what you will be shooting and how incredible it will be. Send them a pinterest board of inspiration to get them on the same page and motivate the models to work with you. Select your absolute favorite models and then request at least 2 to 3 alternates for each model you choose. Models will be constantly booked on major ad campaigns or huge editorials so its important to be flexible with your casting selections, and just expect to go with alternates if your shoot doesn’t have much of a budget. Once your models are chosen and confirmed by the bookers, they will expect a call sheet. Send them a simple one page call sheet of noting the date, time, location address, schedule for the day and the entire production team with contact info. This will make you look very professional and build confidence in your model booker with you. I like to go the extra mile and actually speak to the models before the shoot to get on the same page with wardrobe and concept, but often times the bookers just have the talent show up without any info or communication whatsoever of the shoot.

Makeup & Hair Stylists: Although makeup artists and hair stylists are the most interchangeable and easiest to find, they are still very important. Make sure to reach out to styling agencies and book an artist who has experience styling editorials and advertising projects, which is very different than working on consumers/weddings/portraits etc. Find a makeup artist that can do more of a “Less is More” approach. The edgier, raw look is in right now, and a makeup artist who doesn’t go too far with makeup and keeps it natural is ideal. Hair stylists that can handle both fashion and lifestyle looks can be great assets as well. I personally like a hair stylist who doesn’t leave fly-aways, and can create any hair design you can come up with and is willing to change the hair between each and every look. As makeup and hair stylists are more interchangeable and can be booked the day before shoot, I tend to focus on this aspect of the production last.

All The Little Things Matter: Its much more than just stylists, models and locations on a shoot, and its your responsibility as a producer and photographer to make sure you have everything for the production. This includes tables, chairs, extension cords and comfortable areas for your stylists and models to prep in. I like to bring at least one or two portable speaker systems with bluetooth to make sure everyone is listening to their favorite jam on set, and to get the models in the mood while being photographed. Arranging food or craft services ahead of time is essential and making sure everyone on set is fed and happy!!! I buy 2 to 3 cases of waters, sodas and coffee for my productions and make sure my assistants cater to everyone on set and make sure those models are happy and have all of their needs met. You will get so much more out of a model and avoid most issues if you make your photoshoot a fun and easy experience for the models involved.

To Learn More about Producing and Making Your Photoshoot Top Notch, I highly recommend enrolling in the Photography Workshop Series. Photograph with a world class production and Top Fashion Models for a massive 12 Page Fashion Editorial with true IMPACT! Contact Us for Details at 310.808.4565

Does getting hired to shoot those $100,000 Photoshoots for 3 days of photographing top models for a fashion brand sound good to you?

Those highly competitive projects are out there, but the right portfolio can land six figure photoshoot jobs and catapult your photographic career to the top. The process of building prominence in the industry starts with finding that strong photographic vision of emotive and evocative images that differentiates you from all others and attracts major brands to work with you.
Editorial shoots are key to gaining national publicity as a photographer even though they may not have a budget. The end goal of editorial photography is to land advertising campaigns with the designers who advertise in the magazines that you shoot for. When a brand sees a spectacular editorial next to their ad, they may want to hire you to photograph their national campaign. You can also incorporate brand apparel into the editorial and build a relationship with brands that may hire you for their fashion Look Books, which tend to hire photographers quarterly.

This past year alone, our photographers in The Photography Workshop Series have developed world class photographic portfolios from attending our workshops and are now published in VOGUE,
Vanity Fair, ELLE, FLAUNT, LA Fashion and Resource Magazine. These editorial public
ations are the ultimate stepping stone towards taking your career to the next level.

Fashion Look Books can be a very consistent and lucrative opportunity for a fashion photographer to earn a living. Typically photographed in Studio on a white seamless with around 30 looks, fashion look books are usually between 1 to 2 day shoots. Fashion Look Books for legitimate designers usually range from $5,000 to $30,000 per shoot and come out each quarter with the intention of distribution to fashion buyers at department stores and show rooms.


Once you have built up the credibility of editorial publications and have photographed fashion look books for designers, the goal for most fashion photographers is to pursue fashion advertising.

Major fashion brands like Fendi, Dolce Gabbana, Valentino, Guess, Prada and even middle sized and lesser known brands that are well funded will hire photographers to photograph their national ad campaigns. The full budgets entail hiring fashion models, makeup, hair and wardrobe stylists, production equipment, locations, permits, travel, assistants and hiring producers. They can be booked through a brand directly or through an advertising agency that represents fashion brands.

Fashion Advertising Campaigns typically garner budgets of anywhere from $20,000 to $150,000 depending on
the marketing budget of the brand, media buy of the placement of the images, usage & creative fees, talent, location and what they feel you are wor h as a photographer to execute their campaign. Once you catapult to this level, it helps to have a photographic agent that represents top photographers and can negotiate the terms and contracts with the art producer at the agency or design house.

The Photography Workshop Series is designed to develop photographer’s portfolios, marketing and business strategy and give you the opportunity to advance your career to a level that you may nver thought was possible. We can put you on the right track to pursue this dream career by enrolling in our fashion photography workshops we have scheduled in NY, Beverly Hills, Chicago and Dubai.