Archive for Assistants

Assistant Wish List? Just Two Items

Posted: May 9th, 2014

[by Blake Discher] I have two criteria for assistants: 1. Never let ‘em see ya’ sweat I was working in Monterrey, Mexico for an insurance company’s annual report in a closed conference room. Four lights, I’m in the center of an open-square table layout capturing candids during the annual board meeting. Both my assistant and [...]

All I Ever Needed to Know About Photography, I (didn’t) Learn in Photo School.

Posted: May 8th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Assisting is the best way to learn the business of photography. Period. It’ll teach you more about running a professional photography studio, than any photography degree. I should know, I don’t have one. I began my career as a photographer by assisting for 4 years in Chicago, Miami and New York. I [...]

The First Thing to Remember

Posted: May 7th, 2014

[by Luke Copping] I can show you how to set up lights. I can show you how to tether a camera. I can teach you a million things about working with a subject and managing a crew. What I can’t teach you however, is how to not have a shitty attitude when you come on [...]

What to Expect When You’re Assisting

Posted: May 6th, 2014

[by Bruce Katz] One of the key elements for a successful photography business is running a smooth, efficient production that can handle all of the twists and turns of demanding clients and the uncontrollable variables like weather and working on crazy city streets. At the core of that production is you–the assistant. The good ones [...]

How to Be the Best Assistant Ever

Posted: May 5th, 2014

[by Ed McDonald] I graduated from photo school quite awhile back, and while many things in this industry have changed quite dramatically, being a good assistant remains pretty much the same today. By and large it’s the attention to detail, a positive can do attitude, and the hustle that you bring to the assignment that [...]

If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now…

Posted: August 31st, 2012

[by Judy Herrmann] I’ve shared a lot of what I wished I’d known as a student and emerging photographer in my Breaking into the Biz program.  You can find a one-hour version presented during SB3, along with a ton of other super informative recorded seminars in ASMP’s Video Library. Here are a few additional tidbits [...]

Business and Pleasure

Posted: August 30th, 2012

[by Thomas Werner] Virtually every photo grad that I speak to wishes they had more of the business classes in college that they questioned having to take while they were there. Courses in business practices can be boring and, in terms of their structure, frequently impractical. Photography programs need to find ways to better integrate [...]

What I Wish I Knew Back Then…

Posted: August 29th, 2012

[by Blake Discher] I set my sights on becoming a professional photographer at a young age.  I wish I had been told right at the outset to assist for as many different photographers as possible.  One of my assistants told me how much she had learned by assisting that she wasn’t learning in photo school.  [...]

My Biggest Regret

Posted: August 28th, 2012

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] This touches on the very core of why I am so passionate about ASMP. Back in the ah-hem… cough… cough… late 80s when I found my passion of photography in College, the coursework was all about theory, creativity, and technique. Which, of course, is vitally important. But something that was never touched [...]

Never Really Finished

Posted: August 27th, 2012

[by Barry Schwartz] No matter how much you know, how many problems you’ve solved, or how ready you are for whatever comes, there’s always more to learn.  Professionals are never really finished being students. Rather than an ongoing horror, it’s actually a beautiful thing. For entrepreneurs like ourselves, you get used to never knowing it [...]

How to Never Get Hired as an Assistant Again

Posted: June 17th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] While building my “Breaking into the Biz” seminar, I asked about 100 photographers what makes a bad assistant.  I spoke with architectural photographers, fashion photographers, editorial photographers, advertising photographers, wedding photographers and more.  From coast to coast, big city to small town, their answers were remarkably consistent.  Here are seven simple things [...]

Are You Paying Your Dues?

Posted: June 16th, 2011

[by Ed McDonald] “Pay your dues!” You hear it all the time, but what does it really mean? While colleges and schools teach photographic technique, theory, and marketing, nothing can compare to the experiences of on-set learning from a seasoned professional. It’s not just in how he or she sees, lights, composes or captures the [...]

It’s Not Just About The Muscles…

Posted: June 15th, 2011

[by Shawn Henry] Assisting can be physically challenging — lugging heavy cases of equipment is no easy task. But as in most other aspects of life, brains matter far more than brawn when it comes to performing the duties of an assistant. Once the gear’s set, the real value of a quality assistant shines through [...]


Posted: June 14th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] Arg, I had to just let go of one of my photo assistants in China…both he and his underworked classmate.  Students of photography, be warned….your days are unfortunately numbered.  No longer is a photographers’ assistant’s role about downloading CF cards, setting up lights, and understanding how to finagle camera settings to perfection.  [...]


Posted: June 13th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] An assistant who can anticipate a photographers next act is an invaluable asset to any shoot.  Being acutely attentive and acquiring the ability to ascertain the needs of the photographer, in advance, is an attractive quality that is always appreciated.  In addition, your attentiveness will positively affect your client by aggrandizing him [...]