PHOTO ASSISTANT – SEATTLE
(Status: Open.)


 
It’s been said that ‘being a good photographer & being a good assistant are two completely & utterly different things.
 
I’m inclined to agree. Although, I think being a good photographer certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to making independent decisions & aiding the creative process on the whole. The point is made to differentiate between roles, clarify a common misnomer, & reiterate that you are there to aid the photographer (& learn)… not to network or pursue your own photographic aspirations.
 
Philosophical speeches aside, here are the duties an assistant will be expected to perform & the qualities I’m looking for in an individual:
 
 
PRIMARY NOMINAL DUTIES
 
 
Studio set-up/break-down.
Gear management, testing, & cleaning.
Image offloading & file management.
General production, studio, location, & office errands. Too many to name.
Distract clients. (I didn’t say that).
Clean stuff.
SKILLS + TRAITS Attention to detail.
Takes initiative.
Has epic photographic aspirations of their own.
Leaves their epic photographic aspirations at the door.
Diplomatic.
Able & willing to work long hours for little or no pay.
BONUS POINTS Well-networked, connections/hookups to venues, retailers/shops, etc.
Set building skills. Crafty. Not a medical liability.
Knows locations/area very well.
Be able to predict the need & execute before asked.
Asks good questions.
OTHER STUFF You must have a flexible schedule.
You must have reliable transportation.
You must be punctual & professional at all times.
WHAT YOU GET Negotiable pay for commercial work days, based on experience.
Mentoring & instruction. Technical & professional.
Free studio access.
Free equipment access. Maybe.
Free access to workshops. Although technically you’re working too.
Free Taekwondo lessons. If you want.
Food.

Work hours per week is flexible, generally 15-25hrs. Sometimes less, sometimes more.
 
Prior experience as an assistant or photographer is not nearly as important as an eagerness to learn & work hard.
 
To apply or ask questions, shoot me an email. Please include some form of intro/cover letter & a link to your portfolio.
 
Thanks
Alex
alex@atreidex.com