Photographer Cover Letter Examples

Updated June 17, 2021

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for photographers is expected to decline by 4%, or 4,800 jobs, from 2019 to 2029. As photography becomes more accessible to amateurs or hobbyists, the need for professional photographers will lessen.

As photography remains a competitive field, it’s important to write a compelling cover letter. That’s why we’ve provided you with downloadable cover letter examples for a range of experience levels. You can also use the tips and examples below to strengthen your cover letter.

Downloadable Cover Letter Examples

No Experience

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 years

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years

Example #4 10+ Years

Photographer Cover Letter Examples (Text Format)

Years of Experience
  • No Experience 0
  • 2-3 years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Simon Clarkson
High School Graduate | [email protected] | (023) 483-7453 | 345 Main Street, Memphis, TN 48201

May 11, 2021

Hugo French
Senior Hiring Manager
Memphis Riverboats
(301) 958-0183
[email protected]

Dear Mr. French,

Last year, my school photography project was shortlisted for a National YoungArts Foundation award. The judges noted my excellent composition and a strong grasp of lighting principles. I am excited to hone and extend my skills as a junior photographer at Memphis Riverboats.

As an enthusiastic self-starter with a strong technical foundation, Memphis Riverboats’ reputation for nurturing emerging talent appeals to me. I believe I have the abilities and personal qualities to become an effective member of your team. My latest achievements include:

  • Being selected by my school’s principal to photograph the annual spring dance in 2020
  • Receiving a score of 98% for my senior year photography elective coursework
  • Collaborating with a team of five students to organize and run an event to showcase work by talented artists in my year group

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange an interview date. I look forward to discussing the role further and exploring how I can capture wonderful memories for your visitors.

Sincerely,
Simon Clarkson

P.S. I would love to explain why my photography teacher selected me to mentor fellow students to help them improve their retouching skills.

Derek Smith
Photographer | [email protected] | (876) 429-7462 | 123 Main Road, Virginia Beach, VA 18573

May 7, 2021

Jaime Nguyen
Senior Hiring Manager
Classic Photographers
(746) 7593-1836
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Nguyen,

Last year, I created a client referral scheme that boosted my bookings by 43% in a single fiscal quarter. I believe that my high-quality portfolio and talent for building a quick rapport with clients helped me achieve this result. I look forward to generating impressive revenues as a freelancer at Classic Photographers.

As a creative professional with 2+ years of experience shooting weddings, I am drawn to Classic Photographers’ reputation for superb customer service. I believe that my passion for combining cutting-edge techniques with diligent client care makes me the ideal fit for your company. My recent accomplishments include:

  • Leading a team of three newly-graduated photographers to shoot a week-long wedding celebration in Bali
  • Receiving a 100% client satisfaction rating in 2020
  • Consistently scoring in the top 2% of photographers at my agency for image quality and efficiency

Please get in touch to arrange a suitable interview appointment. I look forward to exploring how I can leverage my skills to create unforgettable memories for your wedding clients in 2021.

Sincerely,
Derek Smith

P.S. I would love to explain why my work was featured in the March 2020 issue of Popular Photography.

Maria Mongaraz
Photographer | [email protected]  | (123) 456-7890  | 555 Pleasant Valley Drive, Nashville, TN

August 8, 2020

Melissa Oppenheimer
Director of Human Resources
XYZ Creatives
765-432-1987
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Oppenheimer,

In 2018, my portfolio project “Scenes of Hope” won first prize in the portrait photography category at the Savannah Arts Festival.  The judges described my work as unique, creative, and insightful. They also praised my talent in using focus and lighting to create attention-grabbing portraits. Those are skills I want to bring to XYZ Creatives as a staff photographer.

The mission at XYZ Creatives is to use photography to tell a story. My portrait techniques can help your business achieve this mission. Since graduating from the photography program at Savannah College of Art and Design, I have spent the past two years taking headshots, graduation photos, and other portraits as a freelance photographer. In my free time, I volunteered my photography skills to take professional headshots for women fleeing domestic violence who needed to find employment.

These projects helped me develop key skills including:

  • Connecting with photographic subjects
  • Using color to create atmosphere
  • Adjusting light and shadow to draw the eye

Portrait photography is my passion. I look forward to discussing how my work can benefit XYZ Studios with you.

Sincerely,
Maria Mongaraz

P.S. — I’d love to tell you about other portrait projects like one I recently completed of cancer survivors for my local hospital.

Jermaine Burnett
Photographer | [email protected] | (874) 395-2948 | 754 First Lane, Montgomery, AL 43019

May 11, 2021

Andrea Levison
Senior Hiring Manager
Mom365
(745) 103-4928
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Levison,

In my first year as a newborn photographer, I exceeded my individual sales targets by 76%. My warm and sensitive interpersonal style and ability to adapt my service according to each family’s needs allowed me to achieve this result. I am excited to demonstrate the same outstanding customer care as a photographer at Mom365.

As a creative and passionate individual with specific expertise in capturing images of babies and children, the chance to work for an industry leader like Mom365 is irresistible to me. My latest achievements show that I have the technical and soft skills to fit perfectly into your organization. These include:

  • Achieving full marks during a recent spot check to ensure compliance with hospital and HIPAA regulations
  • Receiving a personal email of thanks for creating beautiful images for a mother who had experienced a traumatic labor
  • Consistently exceeding monthly productivity targets by at least 23% throughout my employment

I look forward to meeting you to discuss how my skills and 1 year of newborn photography experience can benefit your company and its customers. Please get in touch to arrange an interview.

Sincerely,
Jermaine Burnett

P.S. I would love to tell you why I was named Employee of the Month by my manager in April 2021.

Photographer Cover Letter Checklist

Effective cover letters for photographers should include five main elements:

1. Heading. Using a stylized template can help emphasize your basic information. You should include:

  • Your name, job title, and contact info
  • The date of application
  • The hiring manager’s details

2. Salutation. Address the hiring manager by name, such as Mr. or Ms. [last name]. Use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,” if the hiring manager’s name is unavailable.

3. Introduction. Use this element to introduce yourself and express your interest in the job.

4. Body paragraphs. Use two paragraphs to highlight your relevant professional experience, skills, education, and accomplishments. Highlight important points and make your resume more attractive by writing your details in bullet point form so it’s easier for the hiring manager to absorb.

5. Closing section. The conclusion is the call to action for the hiring manager to invite you for an interview. For a bonus opportunity to highlight your qualifications, add a postscript with a notable achievement.

Introduction

Your introduction has two main purposes. The first is to express your interest in the job, while the second is to introduce yourself to the hiring manager in a way that grabs their interest. To make a strong opening impression, incorporate one of the top achievements from your resume into your introduction. Make sure you describe your achievement in quantifiable terms so the hiring manager can clearly understand how your qualifications fit the job opening.

Good


While I was a photographer with Visions Photography, I completed a variety of photography assignments and contributed to a 30% revenue increase over three years. I hope to bring my skills and enthusiasm for photography to your organization.

Bad


I have over three years of experience as a photographer and would like the opportunity to work for your organization.

Body Paragraphs

Your first body paragraph should explain why you’re interested in the photographer job role. Be specific when describing your interest. Don’t forget to detail what makes this organization attractive to work for so the hiring manager knows you’ve thoroughly researched the job and organization.

The second body paragraph should detail your relevant achievements to demonstrate your qualifications. As a photographer, you should include any notable education, successful projects, promotions, or any other relevant details. Be sure to use quantifiable terms that show the scope of your qualifications and how you can contribute to the organization. Avoid using any vague terms or generic descriptions.

Good


With over five years of studio experience as a photographer, I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to TrueLens Photography’s reputation for personalized, high-quality projects. TrueLens Photography’s attention to detail and commitment to meaningful projects is a perfect fit for my dedicated style of working.

I’m eager to bring my passion for photography to your team. My past successes include:

  • Shot and edited over 300 studio portraits with a 97% customer satisfaction rate
  • Planned and led photo shoots for five highly circulated magazines on a regular basis
  • Completed a six-month educational course to strengthen and broaden my digital and technical skills, achieving a 100% final grade
  • Trained and managed a team of seven photographers across a variety of field shoots

Bad


Your job description indicates the need for three years of experience in photography. I have over five years of experience and would like to work for your company.

My past experience includes:

  • Shot and edited studio portraits
  • Planned and led photo shoots
  • Completed a photography educational course
  • Trained and managed a team of photographers

Closing Section

Your closing section shouldn’t simply thank the hiring manager for their time and consideration. It should also act as a call to action and prompt the hiring manager to schedule an interview.

You can also add a postscript beneath your closing signature that highlights one final achievement. This strategy reinforces your qualifications and leaves a lasting impression on the hiring manager. The achievement in your postscript can be nearly anything, including awards or successful projects, as long as it’s relevant to the position.

Good


I’d love to meet with you to discuss how I can contribute to TrueLens Photography’s commitment to client satisfaction. Please contact me with an interview time that works with your schedule.

Sincerely,

Amy Crispin

P.S. I’d love to tell you how I won a photography contest in college!

Bad


Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Amy Crispin