Assistant Photographer

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When it comes to weddings, photographers need to focus all their attention on the task at hand – taking great photographs. If they want to move fast, run among the wedding guests, quickly get into strenuous poses and take creative shots, one simply cannot preoccupy themselves with thinking about everything nor can they carry heavy bags with them the entire day. This is where an assistant photographer comes into play.

Taking care of the equipment

It is not professional to leave a backpack full of expensive lenses, cameras and other stuff lying unattended around. Some of the equipment could inadvertently get damaged or worse.

    An assistant photographer therefore takes care of everything: carries and sets up equipment, cleans lenses, passes batteries, cards or anything else that needs to be switched. This way, everything runs smoother, quicker and the entire experience is more pleasing not only for me but also for the bride and groom. 

Assistant photographer helps stylize portraits 

When it comes to wedding portraits, the photographer needs to concentrate on the composition, light, or work with the expressions of the people in front ofthe camera. On the other hand, an assistant photographer pays more attention to minor details such as unbuttoned shirts, suits and other imperfections.
    When doing bridal or couple portraits, the assistant photographer helps out by holding the bride’s veil, adjusting her dress or holding the bouquet. The photographer does not have to run over to the bride and back constantly and can fully concentrate on the most important thing – shooting portraits.

wedding portrait of bride and groom in el teide

    As for group shots, a photographer can delegate certain tasks to the assistant photographer. The photographer concentrates on compositions, adjusting the subjects’ expressions and poses. Again, the assistant photographer looks for the little things. The devil is in the details – ties, shirts, buttons, sunglasses,  phones in pockets, et. From a practical point of view, it is not possible for a single photographer to pay attention to everything without the photoshoot taking forever.

assistant photographer using a drone

Lighting and effects

Photographer assistant skills also encompass holding external flashes, reflectors or diffusers. It’s often not possible for a photographer to light and shoot at the same time. For example, you need to illuminate a scene from an angle and height that does not allow one person to do so. The assistant photographer can also be at hand when performing various effects with sparklers, lights and other objects in front of the lens.

 wedding-portrait-with-sparklers

Takes care of marketing and PR

Although networking is desirable for future collaborations, photographers normally don’t have much time for it. Whether it’s wedding guests looking for a photographer for their future wedding, or wedding suppliers who would like to cooperate in the future, the photographer’s thoughts often revolve only around photography. For this reason, an assistant photographer is a valuable asset. He can represent the photographer, exchange a few words with the aformentioned people and exchange contact information.
     An assistant photographer may also take photos or videos from the venue, their surroundings, or, photograph the photographer for PR purposes.

Prevents accidents from happening

Even though it may sound funny, hitting a tree, tripping over a stone, or falling into a swimming pool may not end up well for the photographer. Injuries or damages to the camera may ensue in such situations and that is never fun. Sometimes, photographers disregard any sense of danger when they get into the heat of doing their thing (especially when they move backwards). This is where an assistant photographer might save the day. 

Mental support, driving and catering

I always bring an assistant who can support and encourage me mentally during the wedding day. In addition, it’s priceless to have someone with you who can take the wheel at the end of the wedding day and drive us home when I am too tired. This help is extremely useful when it comes to more remote trips that take us more than 3 hours to drive back home.
    Last but not least, I must not forget the fact that the assistant takes care of the photographer’s fluid intake and keeps him refreshed. so that he does not need to take so many breaks.

What is not on the assistant photographer’s job description?

An assistant photographer is by no means a second photographer. Unless you have ordered a second wedding photographer, you should not ask the assistant to take any photos or shots. An assistant photographer is present at the wedding exclusively for the photographer and noone else. That being said, if you want to take a photograph, you may ask the assistant to notify the photographer.