5. The Process

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ISO 100, 1/125 sec, f/11, 90mm lens on Sinar P3Food Stylist: Jacqueline Buckner

The way we work, what we do first, and why we do it—all are part of our process, from the client’s initial telephone call to the hand-off of the finished images. And that process is constantly evolving and adapting to new challenges and opportunities. We read books, attend conferences, and network with our peers—all in an attempt to make our process, our structure, and our work better.

There are parts of my process, like creating job files, that I learned as an assistant working in Chicago for a photographer named Jim Parks. Jim had a file packed with ...

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