Photo Producer

Job Description

This position is responsible for managing all photo production for the studio. This includes sourcing and securing all external creative teams needed to deliver on custom content creation. The Photo Producer will ensure the strategic alignment of photography output and ensure it aligns with client objectives under the direction from Creative Directors and Art Directors.

They are responsible for managing the workflow and staffing for all photo production and executing projects from brief to delivery. This role supports the Art Directors creatively as well as operationally and with budget projections; has an inherent knowledge of photo production workflows and procedures; a deep knowledge of commercial photography sourcing and licensing, a wide network of commercial and editorial photographers, and must work directly with Business Affairs on a variety of contract negotiations.

Key responsibilities:

Project Management, Leadership & Communication
  • Project manage all aspects of photo production, corporate standards and legal processes from the initial shoot request through final post production, delivery and archiving of images
  • Provide scope deliverables and details for SOWs related to photo content creation
  • Work closely with the design team to clearly communicate project schedules, deliverables and daily/weekly deadlines for photo projects
  • Serve as client facing content expert, as needed, across all photo accounts
  • Schedule and facilitate all pre- and post-production meetings; including pre-production meetings for each photo shoot
  • Compile and distribute all project details to internal and external resources. This includes securing all required paperwork, such as call sheets, shot list, talent/location releases, contractor paperwork, deal memos, sample contact sheets, brand guidelines, permits, insurance certificates, delivery schedules
  • Negotiate rates, expectations, delivery with production companies, photo libraries and photographers and provide critical feedback on production estimates and bids.
  • Ensure accuracy, correctness and consistency in all communications and documentations
  • Manage each project's budget to include securing estimates, confirmation of deliverables, invoice approval and payment while maintaining budget tracker
  • Streamline and centralize all of our internal databases of photographers, agencies, stylists and all other shoot related talents across a breadth of specialties (journalistic, commercial, event-based etc.)
  • Serve as in house expert on industry standards, regulations, photography guidelines and how we use them in our work
  • Knowledge of licensing, intellectual property, implications of distribution, and being versed enough to collaborate and recommend creative solutions when scope changes
  • Coordinating shoot timelines and communicating with all production crews, including talent
  • Advertorials - select images, track releases
  • Experience with permitting shoot locations in both public and private sector
  • Understanding and experience dealing with production insurance requests

Education & experience requirements
  • A minimum of 3+ years of photo experience with an established online media publication, and/or ad agency
  • A sophisticated visual aesthetic, a great eye and passion for publishing, news and branded content
  • Strong network of industry connections across all types of photography. Styling, hair and makeup, talent, and production is a plus
  • Has outstanding verbal and written communication and negotiation skills
  • Has strong leadership and production knowledge
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to remain calm and move very quickly under deadline pressure
  • A positive, enthusiastic and collaborative attitude
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Has strong judgement and capable of making good decisions with limited information
  • Be willing and able to adapt your role and function to the needs of the team


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.