Ten Emerging Female Fashion Photographers You Need to Know

From vintage editorial photography to in-your-face, futuristic shoots, these young talents deliver diverse work that's making a mark in fashion.

Whether you’re a photography connoisseur or a casual photography fan, it can be difficult to navigate today’s staggering amount of talented young photographers shooting for all your favourite magazines and filling up your Instagram feeds. Now that being an emerging photographer is about as common as being a ‘DJ on the weekends’, we’re exposed to more new work than we can physically find time to discover. Luckily, we’ve decided to make stumbling upon a new obsession a little bit easier for you by highlighting some emerging female photographers who, in our opinion, are the most promising of the bunch. Spanning continents and photography styles, these photographers are diverse, ambitious and quickly gaining names for themselves among fashion aficionados and social media lurkers alike. Enjoy.

Harley Weir

Two years ago, DAZED named this British photographer one of the 100 people redefining youth culture, and it’s no wonder why. Impressively straddling the spaces between documentary photography, war photography and fashion, Harley Weir seems to be a jack of all trades in her work. Most often, her work communicates a subtle and a fascination with youth culture thanks to distinctly editorial and empathetic execution; as a result, she appeals to many diverse yet leading media publications such as AnotherMag, Purple Fashion, Vogue, i-D and The Gentlewoman. Don’t miss out on her documentary work, either: her empathetic approach makes series like her observations of France’s Calais Jungle particularly powerful.

Coco Capitán

This Spanish photographer started making waves when her meticulous aesthetic awareness landed her in publications like Vice Italy and Nylon Mexico. Nowadays, she gravitates towards a warm, vintage, almost 70s feel in her use of light—but references art movements like cubism in her calculated use of natural lines and angles. A graduate of London’s College of Fashion, she primarily shoots fashion but also has a lot of fun with self-deprecating quotes and lo-fi collages layered on her photography. Follow her on Instagram especially for photography and meme eye candy!

Laura Kaczmarek

We’ve praised Laura’s work before, so naturally, we’re including her in this list, too. Originally a skater and having studied as an architectural photographer, those two influences permeate this German photographer’s work and make it diverse as well as refreshingly unique. Take a good scroll through her website and you’ll notice red threads emerging through her work for clients like adidas Originals, indie mag and many others. A sensitivity to the role of colour in a composition; a contrast between the roughness of youth culture and the vulnerability of a human face; an affinity for architectural lines, cityscapes and graphic elements. All of this combines to make Laura a go-to photographer for documenting the intersections between fashion and youth culture—but also somebody to follow for an experimental and off-kilter approach to fashion.

Lilli Cassino

Lilli is the alias of Tina Willim, a freelance graphic designer, art director and photographer based in Berlin. According to her, she focuses on objects and analog photography; indeed, this decided approach rings through all of her work. Her photography has a delightfully nonchalant feel, almost as if she just happened to take candid snapshots of her friends hanging out in diners, groups of girls laughing and skateboarding or the architecturally stunning buildings she stumbled upon while travelling. Her work feels unpretentious, natural and relatable—a quality that has already impressed clients like adidas Originals, Missing Magazine and Stylemag.

Clara Nebeling

One of our favourites in this list of favourites, this German photographer’s work takes the off-kilter or visceral and makes it beautiful. Her series of redheads in particular sees eerie-looking twins, proud flame-haired women and shy boys portrayed through a respectful and high-fashion lens; other than that, she’s a pro at taking editorial-feeling portraits that also tell stories—giving you ample room to imagine a reality behind the beautiful clothing her work highlights. This storytelling approach makes sense once you learn she’s also a promising documentary photographer, shooting people she meets in places like Ghana and Montenegro with the same respect and fascination as she shoots models. So far, her client list includes publications like Wonderland and Oyster, but you can bet you’ll be seeing her work a looooot more soon.

Anna Bloda

This Polish-born, New York-based photographer’s work oozes with unfiltered sexuality. Bloda documents the grotesque and the gorgeous; the lustful and the reserved. What makes it stick, though, is her complete confidence about it all and her bold voyeurism: you can tell that Bloda gives zero fucks about making her viewer uncomfortable or even turned off. Whether she’s shooting the rowdy night of ATL Twins or candid portraits of key figures of New York’s nightlife, she communicates a passion and curiosity for the many facets of human sexuality, as we learned when we interviewed her. As a result, she consistently shoots for clients like LADYGUNN Magazine and Vice with no reservations—making her work distinctly memorable and visceral to encounter.

Cihan Cakmak

This young photography student based in Dortmund is just compiling her portfolio, but already distinguishes herself with a particular style and curiosity for the global. Cakmak documents the women of Marrakesh, the male ballet dancers of Germany, her friends all around the world; with a soft lens and classic composition, she communicates the essence of her subjects and positions themselves on the same level—whether they’re revered models or simply individuals she encounters through her travels. Keep your eye out for this one.

Elizaveta Porodina

We’ve been fans of Porodina’s for a while, and it’s no wonder. For years now, the Russian-born, Germany-based fashion photographer has consistently pushed the limits of style, composition, and art direction. Each shoot she does is radically different from the last; one day she’ll be shooting wildly dressed models making exaggerated poses in fluorescent colors, and then next she’ll be playing with shapes and lines to position her models architecturally in a 30s-inspired world of swimming pools and vintage bathing suits. You can’t say that Porodina has a signature style, and that’s a good thing; like a chameleon, she can communicate the spirit of the 70s, surrealism, vintage snapshots or cubism. She seems to have experimented with everything and have pulled it off—which has resulted in a hefty client list including the likes of Vogue, Louis Vuitton and Numero Russia. Check out her work and trust us, you’ll find yourself returning again and again.

Polina Vinogradova

Our homegirl from Copenhagen is one of the city’s most sought-after photographers for a few reasons. Born in Russia yet living in Copenhagen for the past decade, her work is defined by a Scandinavian minimalist aesthetic that goes hand in hand with the goals of some of Denmark’s leading publications such as Eurowoman and COSTUME. In addition, she’s a fashion photographer in the most contemporary sense of the word—making work that’s slick, Scandi and perfect for highlighting a subtle attitude and, of course, details in clothing. Oh, and as a bonus, her persona is off the chain: it’s not uncommon to see Polina and her camera out and about in Copenhagen’s clubs every weekend, shooting parties and characters for publications like VICE Magazine. To date, her client list includes brands like Cheap Monday, Lacoste and Stine Goya; we won’t be surprised if she pretty much takes over Denmark within a year.

Jana Gerberding

If you’d classify your tastes as vintage and classical, this Berlin-based photographer should be your go-to. Gerberding operates within the parameters of nostalgic shots, classical composition and elegance. She’s pretty much an expert at this; you won’t see overexposed or street culture-esque work in her portfolio. And for Gerberding, that specialization distinguishes her from many contemporaries: for timeless fashion and precisely executed compositions of bodies, clothes and expressions, she nails it every time for clients like Sleek Magazine, L’Officiel Hommes and and Hunger Magazine.