Professional Photography Careers and Jobs

Be prepared to start an exciting photography career in just two years

Colorado Mountain College prepares you to enter the field of photography in just two years. Our hands-on training and up-to-date curriculum will set you up for a successful career. Go on assignment for an award-winning publication. Assist a famous photographer. Start your own freelance business.

Put your passion to work in:

  • Photojournalism
  • Fine art photography
  • Commercial photography
  • Photo editing
  • Director of photography
  • Video
  • Video editing
  • Digital content developer for brands
  • Social media photographer

Good news! According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for photographers is expected to grow through 2022. The outlook is most promising for freelance photographers, as more than half of all photographers are self-employed. This means you'll need a strong business sense and the ability to market your work. Colorado Mountain College will give you the tools you need to create a successful freelance business.

Colorado Mountain College alumni statistics indicate that over 66 percent of our professional photography graduates are working in related careers or fields

The work of our professional photography graduates has been published in:

  • US News & World Report
  • LIFE
  • Time
  • Outside
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Skiing Magazine
  • Communication Arts
  • Sierra Club Calendars
  • Fortune
  • A Day in the Life Series

Professional Photography School Graduates

David Gillette

David Gillette Photo by Austin Kimbrough

David Gillette

David Gillette moved to Vail, Colorado in 2005 and purchased his first digital camera, and became awakened by the images he captured in the Colorado Rockies. In 2012, he graduated from the Professional Photography program and launched his successful wedding photography business in the Vail Valley.

With his love of documenting life, he provides a blend of artistic photojournalism with editorial and environmental portraiture to create a candid and relivable story that is rich with impactful, fun and meaningful images.

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Peter and Kelley Gibeon

Kelly Peter Gibeon

Peter and Kelley Gibeon

Peter and Kelley Gibeon met as students in the Professional Photography program. They have built an incredibly successful architectural photography business together and collaborate with creatives from elite California golf communities, to Rocky Mountain recreation towns, Central American resorts, the French Riviera and beyond.

Featured in numerous editorial publications from Architectural Digest to Outside Magazine, their passion for their clients and craft shines through in every frame.

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Guadalupe Laiz

photo from Horses of Iceland by Guadalupe Laiz Image from "Horses of Iceland" by Guadalupe Laiz

Guadalupe Laiz

Born and raised in Argentina, Guadalupe Laiz is an international artist, photographer, and explorer. She runs her own fine art photography gallery in Aspen, Colorado, and has clients from all over the world.

For the past five years, Guadalupe's main focus has been on creating an extensive body of work that captures the beauty and uniqueness of the indigenous horses in the country of Iceland. This imagery was published as Horses of Iceland by teNeus Press in 2019 and has been shown in exhibitions in the United States, France, Iceland and Switzerland. Read more about Guadalupe and her recent successes.

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