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Photo Assistant Crash Course

Join ASMP Connecticut for an in-depth panel discussion with two veteran photographers and two seasoned photography assistants to discuss the business of assisting. Becoming a photography assistant is one of the first steps toward a career as a professional photographer.
Crash Course Goals:
The panel will discuss on-set responsibilities, work practices, and relationships, with an emphasis on getting a start in the photography business. We will also provide insight into the career paths beyond that of the photography assistant.
Topics Addressed:
  • What types of assistants are there?
  • What are the assistants responsibilities on set?
  • What should a photo assistant be asked to do?
  • What should a photo assistant NOT be asked to do?
  • How does an aspiring assistant find work and approach photographers?
  • What can assistants expect to be paid?
  • What is set “etiquette”?
  • What will help me get work?
  • How does the assistant interact with the clients?
  • Appearance on set.
  • Billing and invoicing.
  • Travel, overtime and cancellations.
The best way to learn about the business of photography is from the inside. To become a pro, you learn from a pro.
  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm: Doors open and networking
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Panel discussion
  • 8:30pm – 9:00pm: Q&A
Meet our panel:
  • Mike Marques is a photographer and creative director based in Hartford, CT. He considers himself less of a photographer and more of a communicator using photography as his medium. His clients include Connecticut Magazine, General Electric, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Health Dialog, Korg, National MS Society, Peavey, School of Visual Arts, United Bank, World Wrestling Entertainment. Mike is also the founder of Arbor Light Studio, a photography rental studio and creative space that strives to connect others of all ability levels to learn, grow, and improve as a community.
  • Bob Handelman photographs interesting PEOPLE, in interesting PLACES, doing interesting THINGS; or at least he makes them look that way.  Bob’s lifestyle and portrait assignments have taken him around the world on behalf of design, corporate, editorial, advertising and education clients.  His imagery is recognized for it’s strong, contemporary, graphic compositions evoking Americana with a feeling of energy, intimacy, with a timeless quality. Clients appreciate Bob’s creativity, versatility, integrity, make-it-happen attitude and professionalism.  Bob is a former board member of both the NYC and CT ASMP boards.
  • Lindsey Calpa began her professional career working for Christie’s Auction House in New York as a full time studio assistant.  For the past 10 years, she’s been working as a freelance photo assistant and photographer in Connecticut. Her experience working alongside many other professional photographers has been invaluable in further developing all the tools of the trade and has opened countless doors.
  • Carla McElroy is the owner of Carla McElroy photography, with 6 years as a documentary photographer specializing in children, families and dogs. As a sought after assistant to many different types of photographers, Carla has gained invaluable knowledge of lighting, set design, customer interaction, and digital media management.


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November 5, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Arbor Light Studios
56 Arbor Street, Suite 202
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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