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Each year, I am bombarded by requests to work with me as a photography assistant. From students to amateur photographers to people that want to go pro, everyone seems to want to know my “secrets” from working in the industry and they think they can be learned if they simply tag along.
Well, the good news is that I’m always looking for “qualified” photography assistants. The bad news is my definition of “qualified” may not be what you think.
Here’s a recent inquiry someone sent me through my website:
Hi! I have been studying photography at the College for Creative Studies and will be graduating next year. I have been following your blog for while and I love your portfolio! I don’t know if you are currently hiring any photography assistants, but I am extremely interested to work with you. Can you tell me what you look for in a photography assistant? I am just starting out and any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
So, “What I look for” is simple enough. Here it is in decending order:
- Great attitude
- Technical knowledge of photography and equipment
That’s it. In general I’m looking a reliable “people person” when I select assistants to work with me that are just starting out. Technical knowledge and some proficiency with a DSLR is nice, but you need to be able to relate to people. This is number one item simply because having a great attitude will get you through most challenges. Photography school and technical prowess behind a lens is not needed nor is it required for you to be success as an assistant.
If you’re interested in a being an assistant and helping out with photo shoots, please be sure to contact me online and let me know! I’d love to hear from you