pho·​tog·​ra·​pher | \fə-ˈtä-grə-fər \

Definition of photographer 

: one who practices photography especially : one who makes a business of taking photographs

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Synonyms for photographer


lensman, photog, shooter, shutterbug

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Examples of photographer in a Sentence

He worked for the magazine as a fashion photographer. we'll need to choose a photographer for the wedding

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In the past, Kate Middleton has occasionally taken on the role of family photographer for her and Prince William's brood, providing Kensington Palace with some adorable images of the royal children. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Posted Her First Royal Tweet," 27 Oct. 2018 Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Keira Knightley Just Criticized Kate Middleton for Hiding the Reality of Childbirth," 6 Oct. 2018 Push past the scrum of photographers snapping shots of street style stars. Maya Singer, Vogue, "I Took Bangladeshi Photographer Activist Taslima Akhter to New York Fashion Week—Here’s What Happened," 5 Oct. 2018 The survey then goes on to include work by some of the most iconic photographers of the 20th century, such as Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Herb Rittz and Corinne Day. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 As one of the most in-demand portrait photographers for musicians, Lainez’s work has been featured in Apple ad campaigns and on albums by Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and Emily King. Kristin Corpuz, Billboard, "How Shervin Lainez Started a Career In Music Photography -- With No Training," 10 July 2018 The work of photographer Janelle Maas is featured at this reception for the artist in Liberty Station. Lisa Deaderick,, "What's happening in the visual art world in July," 8 July 2018 And Trump's predecessors, particularly President Barack Obama, made use of such American photographers to get out friendly images. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "This is not the first time Trump unwittingly starred in foreign propaganda," 14 June 2018 This is unconventional, as typically lower-level officials with thrash out parameters in exhaustive meetings before the bigwigs swoop in for the declaration signing beneath the glare of photographers. Time, "Singapore's Sentosa Island Takes an Unlikely Geopolitical Role as Host of the Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of photographer

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of photographer

: a person who takes photographs especially as a job

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