Beauty photography: 10 things you need to know before you start shooting

Jade Keshia Gordon
(Image credit: Jade Keshia Gordon)
Jade Keshia Gordon
Jade Keshia Gordon

Jade is a professional beauty and fashion photographer based in London, and has been taking portraits for more than a decade developing her signature style.

Beauty photography is the name given to the practice of shooting close-up images of subjects – you'll be typically getting much closer to models than a standard portrait, and will be aiming to highlight their features for commercial use, adverts, magazine spreads and brands.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.