by Kenneth Richard | The Impressionist

Robyn Hynes, Photo editor of Marie Claire Australia, says to stay persistent. There are multiple ways to land the career you are looking for.

Fewer industries offer a broader arrange of career opportunities than fashion. In our ongoing series, The Spotlight, we highlight some of the industry’s most talented people and interesting jobs.

The Impression: Please describe your role.

As a photo editor, I work with photo agencies to find images to accompany stories in the magazine. I also book photographers, stylists and hair & makeup artists on photo shoots for editorial features.

The Impression: What excites you about the role?

It might sound like I need to get out more, but I get a thrill from finding that perfect shot to go with a story, or if there is an image which seems impossible to find, that moment when I track it down…..I high-five myself a lot!

The Impression: What is the best project you have worked on?

Possibly the best so far, has been a feature in Marie Claire Australia called “If I Were A Man” where we dressed up famous female personalities as men (with facial hair etc) – the transformations were incredible and getting that team together was crucial for this kind of shoot to be pulled off.

The Impression: How is your role changing and why?

Technology has changed the way we work and continues to do so. It wasn’t really all that long ago that photos were delivered to each magazine as transparencies. Now we just jump online and find what we’re looking for.

The Impression: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your work life?

Staying uber-organized. There are a hundred things to chase for one issue, so keeping killer To-Do lists is my number one priority. Forgetting to do one thing, might mean a whole feature can slide off the page (so to speak).

Some days are longer than others and that’s generally because I need to contact people overseas, so the time difference can be a bit of a pain! Setting my alarm for 4am to call New York isn’t really something I look forward to.

The Impression: What advice do you have for people who are interested in doing what you do?

Persist! There is more than one way to get into your dream job – I started out at a photo agency, getting to know the photo editors at all the different magazines and learning what they did from the other side. And don’t be afraid to show how passionate you are – even if it’s just because you’ve found a photo!