5 Freelance Photographer Resume Examples to Use

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A freelance photographer resume isn’t the easiest thing to put together since they may have a mixed portfolio, especially during their early career stages. Similar to resumes for freelance writers, photographers often need to be creative with creating their resumes.

Basic Elements in a Photographer’s Resume

Freelancer resumes require more flexibility than traditional ones. However, the basic elements should remain the same:

  • A summary block
  • Work history
  • Education, Recognitions, and Awards
  • Skills
  • 2-3 quality references

Then, whatever space you have left is yours to play with.

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Remember Legally Blonde? It’s pink and it’s scented.

Of course, I’m not asking you to go that far with your photographer’s resume (or am I?). However, I do think a creative professional’s resume should be more than plain text.

The only time this doesn’t apply is when you submit via an online application system. In that case, you want to ensure your resume layout is compatible so the system could read the text without missing information.

However, you should still make a “pretty version” of your freelance photographer resume so you can show it during the interview.

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Showcase Your Work on The Resume

More people now treat their freelance photographer resumes like a website landing page. Others also upload their resume to their websites. Therefore, it’s not all that crazy to use your work as image assets.

After all, you probably don’t want to use stock images if you’re a photographer!

There are many ways to showcase your work on your resume and the example here is just a basic design. Alternatively, you can make an image carousel as a decorative border, or insert image thumbnails at other paces based on design.

However, don’t overdo things. Most photographer positions ask you to submit the portfolio separately. Thus, using your image on the resume is only meant to be a creative touchup, not a full showcase.

Minimalistic Resume Example

Sometimes, the simplest route is the most efficient one. When people’s resumes are getting more extravagant every day, a minimalistic design could be refreshing.

Like the example above, it’s best to use a color that creates enough contrast but remains gentle on the eyes. This means anything low-saturation, low-brightness colors on a light background, such as greyish blue, red, or green.

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Resume With a Banner and Sidebar

Combining a banner and a sidebar allows you to pack in more information without losing the high-end design aesthetics.

Personally, I like the example above because the photographer added a dark overlay on his banner image. This allows me to keep my focus on the information in the resume instead of getting distracted by the image.

Also, notice how this freelance photographer resume lays each section?

Unlike people who only puts contact information in the sidebar, this example made better use of the space on the side, which allowed employment to be the main piece in the resume.

Utilize Your Personal Brand

Freelance Theory covers a lot about freelancer personal branding on other posts. Now, it’s time to put the theory to practice. This resume example clearly follows personal branding best practices. As you can see, the person added his logo, instead of just typing out his full name, at the beginning of the resume.

This approach works great when you apply to smaller or newer companies and want to appear professional but cool. If your brand name or logo is different from your real name, all you need to do is add your name.

If you have any other branding assets, like a color palette or certain symbols, be sure to incorporate those into your resume as well

Remain Classic

This template is mainly for those submitting through an online application system. The known restrictions with online systems include:

  • Information in the sidebar can be dropped
  • Text on a colored background may be dropped depending on how much contrast there is
  • Text on images typically gets lost
  • Infographics don’t translate
  • Most multi-media assets will be lost

See? That’s why I included a plain, almost ugly example on this list. Because personal taste aside, a freelance photographer needs to learn how to get their resume through the system and in front of a human being.

Writing a Freelance Photographer Resume

Do you know how to write a resume for freelance photographers now? Trust me, it’s not as hard as it seems. The trick is to not stuff too much information into the limited space. Understand you can always submit your portfolio and supportive materials separately. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time to talk about other things during the interview.

If you still feel unsure, consider hiring a resume writer. It will be an investment, but the return is worth it for what we’ve seen in the past.

Then, good luck! Hope you land your next dream gig!

Xiao DaCunha

With a deep passion for content creation and creative writing, Xiao Faria finds a strong sense of accomplishment in creating high-quality content that engages the audience and benefits optimization.

Throughout years of practice, Xiao has learned to communicate with the readers in the most efficient and effective way. Her experience as a visual artist has only aided her in creating refreshing and entertaining content.

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Xiao DaCunha

With a deep passion for content creation and creative writing, Xiao Faria finds a strong sense of accomplishment in creating high-quality content that engages the audience and benefits optimization. Throughout years of practice, Xiao has learned to communicate with the readers in the most efficient and effective way. Her experience as a visual artist has only aided her in creating refreshing and entertaining content.

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