What Kind of Work Can I Expect When I Finish the Career Training Program?
Summer Intensive (SI), Professional Studies and Advanced Intensive (AI) graduates work in every area of
photography, including portraiture, wedding, photojournalism, commercial photography, studio assisting, fine
art photography, digital labs and manufacturer/industry occupations.
Individual Students, Individual Paths
Each student has individual expectations and dreams for their photography. Many want to start a career as a
professional photographer. Others are interested in developing as artists. Some simply want to take better
photographs. Many find that their original ideas evolve as the summer and fall progress. They become inspired
and gain a clearer picture of their desires and goals.
Most would-be professional photographers are choosing this field because they want to work for themselves and
have control over their working life. This means that they consider their photographic education part of a
long-term process of building a career, rather than a means to “getting a job” as one might in the corporate
world. Most attending for the experience of artistic immersion are looking at photography as an adjunct to a
career already in progress, often in an area completely unrelated to photography. They consider their
photographic education a nurturing of their creative selves.
The RMSP Career Training program can teach you the techniques and skills necessary to begin work in a
photographic field. It also provides a great opportunity to explore ideas, identify desires, and plan for your
unique path in photography. In our foundation session, Summer Intensive, photographers from many different
fields speak about the diverse career and creative possibilities. Professional Studies courses give you the
opportunity to study with a working photographer in a particular field. Advanced Intensive allows you the
time and support for beginning to develop a body of work in your chosen field, as well as to define your
marketing plan. Some of our graduates start their own wedding or portrait business immediately after
graduation. Others start out as freelance photography assistants for established photographers in big cities.
Still others secure salaried positions in portrait or commercial studios or at newspapers, magazines or
advertising agencies. Some who consider themselves professional artists have alternative ways of supporting
themselves financially, but save their heart and soul for their artwork. There are as many career paths as
there are graduates.
Questions You Should Ask Yourself to Guide Your Path in Photography
While preparing for your career in photography (or any new career), it’s a good idea to think about and
start to research the questions below. Most students use SI, Professional Studies and AI to explore the
answers to these questions.
What types of photography are you most interested in doing?
Stay open to this answer changing as you learn more about each field during your training.
How much of your time do you want to spend photographing? Editing? Printing? Running a business?
Stay open to this changing, too!
Where do you want to be located? Is there a market there for your kind of work?
The answer might be your hometown, a big city, on the road, etc.
How much do you know about owning and running a business?
More than half of professional photographers are self-employed. Summer Intensive, Professional Studies
and Advanced Intensive business and marketing classes are a great way to get started. Also check out
your local bookstore’s business and marketing sections, as well as local classes and photography
magazines for more ideas. A good website for getting information about careers in photography is