How to Land a Photography Assistant Job
I firmly believe that assisting a photographer whose work you admire is one of the greatest learning opportunities available to us and can provide invaluable experience.
I remember the first time I was on set with a ‘real’ fashion photographer. I felt like entirely new universes were opening up before me as I watched him problem solve, control the light, interact with models, compose his frame and more. There were endless opportunities to learn just by watching and assisting. You don’t just learn what they do and how they do it, but how they think!
Today I am fortunate enough to be at a point in my career where I regularly have people reach out requesting to assist me during a shoot. I try to reciprocate by imparting as much knowledge to them as I can while on set.
Because I believe assisting can be such an incredible opportunity, I want to take a moment to give aspiring photographers (and assistants) a little bit of advice on how to land a job as a photography assistant. I hope the tips I’ve provided here (while they can be a little intimidating) give you the inspiration and confidence to be the best that you can be on set.
Let’s say that you are interested in assisting a photographer. You love their work or business acumen… now what? Your first instinct may be to email them, but I actually find that emails are easily ignored or lost. Instead, if you have an opportunity to meet them face to face, do it!
One of the best ways to make an impression is to find an opportunity to meet a photographer in person. Are they going to be at a local event? Are they giving a presentation? A gallery show? If there is an opportunity to make some ‘face time’ and make a personal connection, this is going to help you get miles ahead of the rest.