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Melissa Rodwell
Posts: 200
New York, New York, US


Hey Guys!

I just wanted to inform you all of a new post on my blog this week that I think would be a beneficial read for anyone looking to get into assisting a fashion photographer.

It's written by Tyler Mitchell who has been my photo assistant for the past 3 years.

You can read the full post here:
http://www.fashionphotographyblog.com/2 … assistant/

I'd also love to hear some of your own personal experiences related to assisting professional photographer. Whether you felt it was beneficial to you or not.
Feb 28 12 04:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jason Bassett
Posts: 2,338
Hollywood, Florida, US


Genius. Hit the nail on the head. I have assistants often I get a new one due to people not "wanting it" and actually one who kept trying to get my clients.



www.jason-bassett.com
Feb 28 12 04:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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A M Johnson
Posts: 8,024
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Awesome. I love reading your stuff.
Feb 28 12 06:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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Solas
Posts: 9,486
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


nice article.

What are your thoughts about non-compete agreements and assistants ? re: "Stealing a Photographers Contacts" paragraph.

thanks
Feb 28 12 08:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich
Posts: 5,484
San Diego, California, US


Assisting is great. I do it whenever possible (though it's pretty limited in San Diego. I end up going to LA a lot).

It's the best way to learn, assuming of course that you're working with good people.
It's like testing; you want to work up. Or even laterally if it's a style you're interested in.

I think too many photographers (and models, MUAs, etc) make this big fucking stink about how they gotta get paid, published or their nuts stroked or whatever. But look, if you want to learn, it's the same as being and fledgling guitar player and getting the chance to hang with someone who's music you like. Do it! Keep your mouth shut, your eyes open and you just might learn something.
Feb 28 12 08:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jason Bassett
Posts: 2,338
Hollywood, Florida, US


ChiMo wrote:
Assisting is great. I do it whenever possible (though it's pretty limited in San Diego. I end up going to LA a lot).

It's the best way to learn, assuming of course that you're working with good people.
It's like testing; you want to work up. Or even laterally if it's a style you're interested in.

I think too many photographers (and models, MUAs, etc) make this big fucking stink about how they gotta get paid, published or their nuts stroked or whatever. But look, if you want to learn, it's the same as being and fledgling guitar player and getting the chance to hang with someone who's music you like. Do it! Keep your mouth shut, your eyes open and you just might learn something.

I have assistants, get published, and everything else.. but... I STILL assist. Because there are more developed and greater minds with more experience than me.. and I would be a FOOL not to assist a great photographer.

Some people do have ego's... nasty ones. I know because I meet them all the time unfortunately.

There is so much to learn. Very glad Melissa put this blog up and it is from a perspective of an assistant.

Feb 29 12 04:50 am  Link  Quote 
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DANACOLE
Posts: 10,162
Oslo, Oslo, Norway


awesome article
I'd love to assist more higher caliber photographers, but not to many in this area and the ones who are a higher caliber here don't need anymore assistants sad
Feb 29 12 05:07 am  Link  Quote 
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Photographe
Posts: 2,350
Bristol, England, United Kingdom


Dana, no harm in just watching, you'll still meet the clients and still learn.

I'd also love to hear some of your own personal experiences related to assisting professional photographer.

I spent more time assisting agents than photographers, although I did assist people like Zanna and Trevor Leighton.

I think the key skill is to anticipate.

If you don't assist a well-known photographer, I think it can be very hard. Even then it's not guaranteed you'll progress. It's up to you to build relationships.

Probably the benefit of assisting that is most important is that clients get to know you.

Feb 29 12 05:18 am  Link  Quote 
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Ryan Bater
Posts: 3,621
London, England, United Kingdom


I seriously enjoyed reading this post, thank you very much for sharing it smile
Feb 29 12 07:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Quang Dang
Posts: 2,955
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Thanks for sharing Melissa, I always enjoy reading all of your posts. smile
Feb 29 12 09:11 am  Link  Quote 
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