Senior Photographer

  • London  
  • Company
    Estee Lauder  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    6 June 2021  
    Posted on
    6 April 2021  

We are the global leader in prestige beauty - delighting consumers with transformative products and experiences, inspiring them to express their individual beauty. We are the only company focused solely on prestige makeup, skincare, fragrance and hair care with a diverse portfolio of 25+ brands sold in 150 countries. Infused throughout our organization is a passion for creativity and innovation — a desire to push the boundaries and invent the unexpected
— as we continue the bold work of our founder Estée Lauder.

Our company has a cutting-edge office situated in central London with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Our business is built on the passion of our people. We offer excellent prospects and competitive packages with benefits ranging from highly competitive bonuses, product discounts, excellent training, private healthcare and free gym passes.

Joining ELC Studios, this role will involve managing the Photography studio and running shoots for all Estée Lauder brands. Managing a Photography & Retouching Team of 3+, you will report into the Creative Content Director to drive the creative strategy, vision and process for photography. The Senior Photographer will be proficient with Photoshop, Lightroom and Capture One, have a strong, natural eye for composition and design with an
experienced retouching background.

This is an important support role in the strategic development of the company's creative approach to support new and
emerging digital & multi-channel initiatives.

• Reporting into the Creative Content Director, you will collaborate to define a creative strategy and process in
order to deliver best in class content.
• Strive to constantly improve quality and consistency of our photography and overall customer experience
whilst considering production needs, budget and deadlines.
• Ensure all day to day duties are adhered to by the Photography & Retouching Team at all times and to the
highest standard.
• Give clear and concise direction on set and be accountable for the overall feel alongside the rest of the team.
• Establish development initiatives to train, expand and develop skillsets encouraging team growth.
• Manage all relevant meetings, create agendas with action points to discuss changes, updates, review shoots etc.
• Ensure you have a strong understanding of the creative direction set across all brands & product categories so you can support/ translate the direction to the rest of the Studio Team.
• Support the Model Booker by assisting with castings and feeding back on the progress of new models where necessary.
• Create & consistently update relevant documentations from Photography Guides to Shoot Guides.
• Establish yourself within the Photography Team and the Studio Team as the Senior Photographer.
• Develop all relationships to ensure the shoot flow and processes are efficient and productive.
• Monitoring team performance KPIs/ SLAs and constantly identifying opportunities to improve quality and efficiency.
• Develop and implement your leadership style and communication.
• Manage studio inventory and kit list, reviewing monthly.


Key Skills:
• Creative, inspiring team player.
• Strong conceptional photography and lighting skills.
• Attention to detail is paramount.
• Ability to confidently art direct and present work to senior brand stakeholders.
• A can-do attitude to going above and beyond the brief when required.
• Impeccable time management and leadership skills experience.
• Extensive industry experience, including photography and art direction.
• Experience using Sony DSLR & Camcorders.
• Knowledge of Da Vinci Resolve.
• Good understanding of Photography and Video lighting techniques.
• Good organizational and practical skills.
• Experienced in Facebook & Instagram live, from streaming to camera setup.
• Knowledge of Capture One & Photoshop.
• Experience with RAW workflows for video production a bonus.
• Audio recording and post-production experience.
• Plan and photograph a variety of different photography sessions each week.

Qualifications and Training:
• Strong experience with Photoshop, Bridge, Windows environments, and server organization.
• Capture One tethered shooting.
• Strong understanding of colour profile management policies and best practices, including the ability to colour shift and manage multiple peripheral devices.
• Experience with digital asset and file management and standards.
• Professional experience as a re-toucher, photo assistant, or digital technician in a commercial photography studio.
• Strong experience with Photoshop, Bridge, Windows environments, and server organization.
• Capture One a bonus.
• Strong understanding of colour profile management policies and best practices, including the ability to
colour shift and manage multiple peripheral devices.
• Experience with digital asset and file management and standards.
• Ability to be on set and assist with product photography shoots on an as needed basis.
• Proven ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
• Willing and available to work outside of normal working hours as required to fulfill the duties of the post.
• Willingness to undertake travel as required fulfilling the duties of the post.
• Please provide a portfolio required for consideration.

• Digital-mobile-first mindset.
• Understanding of local culture and promotions.
• Awareness of emerging trends in the region.
• Creative integration across all media/sales channels.
• Experience managing vendor relationships.
• Global mindset and multicultural understanding.
• Experience in Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube.
• Experience in “bite size” content and video production, catered to GenZ/Millennials.

Nice to haves:
• Drive for innovation and disruption with luxury mindset.
• Experience working against global guidelines.
• Int’l education/work experience.

Estee Lauder Companies is an equal opportunities employer. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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