What is the best way for a freelance photographer to get commercial jobs?

I am a child photographer and looking to get commercial jobs, most agencies will not add me because I don't have enough commercial work behind me. So what is the best way to get my foot in the door? I was told by someone to do test shoots and submit to children magazines. Would it be better to contact creative directors with samples of my work?

Asked By: photographer_chic - 5/18/2009
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Any freelancer needs to market themselves to the various magazines and agencies etc... More
Answered By: andy w - 5/18/2009
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try using or make a web-site on your own as a portfolio
Answered By: sh4d0w_666 - 5/18/2009
Not that I have any experience myself, I figure perhaps you should just diversify your portfolio by adding some commercial fashion, and not necessarily change your style. It seems the only way to get commercial work is to have done commercial work, so try starting small scale before attempting print work with a... More
Answered By: MixedMojo - 5/18/2009
Your work seems like it would fit in well in many parent/child magazines. It would be good for you to get a rep to bring your work to their attention.
Answered By: Perki88 - 5/18/2009
All professional photographers that I work with as creative director in London, UK. started out as photographic assistants. This enabled them to get experience on shoots and also helped them build up their own portfolios.
Answered By: Clifford - 5/18/2009
It's the 'free lander' chap again. Must have been to English lessons.
Answered By: Realist - 5/21/2009
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