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A Photographer in the UK

Published: 21.04.2015, Updated: 05.03.2017
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Are you thinking of becoming a photographer when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a photographer in England.



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Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: portrait; took the plunge; wedding reception; shutter; edit; cull

Listen to the following interview with a photographer in the UK and find out:

  • Where she works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK she works.
  • Why she chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a photographer.
  • Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
  • What she likes best and least about her job.
  • How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.

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Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a photographer in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a photographer's job and education in the UK with a photographer's job and education in Norway.



After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • Gemma asks Catherine if she can come to the house at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. and take more photos. She offers to pay extra for this.
  • Catherine asks for details of the number of family members, bridesmaids, total number of guests, etc.
  • Gemma calls back on Tuesday and asks why she has not yet received the photos from her wedding.
  • A customer phones Catherine and asks if she would take photos at a children’s birthday party. Catherine agrees but asks for details.