I’ve been working in the photographic industry since 2008. In that time I’ve held both freelance and full time positions as a photo assistant, digital operator, studio manager and production manager. I am a Phase One Certified Professional and equally experienced and capable with lighting and digital work.
Before moving to London in 2015 I was based between South Africa and Germany.
Over the years I have worked on projects across all genres from still life studio shoots to on location outdoor projects in difficult environments. I most enjoy advertising, portraiture, lifestyle, travel and documentary work. I’m can provide a list of references on request.
This is summary of the equipment I have most experience with:
Phase One (Certified Professional). Hasselblad. Canon. Nikon. Sony. Mamiya. Pentax
Capture One (Certified Professional). Lightroom. Photoshop. Bridge. Mac OS. Wacom graphics tablet
Strobe lighting including Profoto. Broncolor. Briese. Elinchrom…
Constant lighting including HMI. Tungsten. Kino flow. LED’s. Dedo light…
I can provide a digital capture location kit including: Macbook Pro Retina. Eizo Monitor. Workcase + Tripod. Hyperjuice Battery. Tether cables. Wacom graphics tablet.
I also have Camera Kit (Nikon D850 + lenses) available.
I believe that doing my job well allows a photographer to put more of their energy into making great pictures while knowing that the technical details and everything outside the viewfinder is taken care of - whether its lighting, digital workflow or logistics. My priority is making sure images are safe and up to standard but thats just where the job starts. I’ve hauled gear up snowy mountains in Switzerland, camping overnight to catch the sunrise. I’ve held back traffic in the hectic streets of Maputo and held onto photographers while they hang out of moving cars descending mountain passes on Mallorca. I’m happy making coffee for clients in studio or making sure everyones getting enough water when its 40C in the Namibian desert. I can handle a 12 x 12 scrim in Cape Town’s fierce south easterly wind or stay up through the night preparing images for a deadline…its all part of the job and with 10 years in the business you can trust me to do it well.
Please feel free to give me call if you'd like to discuss any projects or have any questions. Thanks
London based Photographic Technician
Phase One Certified Professional
5 Years Experience
Equipment I have experience with:
Nikon, Canon, Phase One, Hasselblad, Profoto, Elinchrom, Kinoflo, Arri
Photographers I've worked with:
Sam Robinson, Tom Watkins, Felix Shumack, Sean Cook, Paul Farrell, Ben Riggott, Lee Strickland, Seb Chandler, Alisa Connan, Mikael Buck, Dav Stewart, Victor Yuan, Leon Mark, Amanda Searle, Nigel Davies, Alex Fine, Mike Ellis, Duncan Loughrey, Jonathan Stewart, Tristan Townley, Michael Michaels, Richard Lewisohn, Andrew Brackenbury, Matt Davis, Terry Benson, Jonathan Knowles, Mark Hayman, Jake Thomas, Ben Bentley, Jonathan Syer, Joel Knight, Mel Yates & Jesper Westley.
Shoots I've worked on:
Amazon, Fat Face, Nike, Miss Selfridge, Dune, M&S, Myprotein, Vogue Italia, Fabulous Magazine, Next, Barbour, Sweaty Betty, Ann Summers, Estee lauder, John Lewis, Harrods, Samsung, Dominos, Vauxhall, Twinings, Elle.com, Airbnb, Deliveroo, Warner Bros, The Guardian, MORE THAN Insurance, Blue Cross, Superdrug, Lidl, The Times, BBC, Age UK, Braun, Leo, Smurfit Kappa, Merlin Entertainment, Kraken Rum, Sega, Sage, Martini & Costa.
Hi, I’m Valerio. I have been working in the photography industry since 2015. I started as a studio assistant and then I moved on to first/second assistant as well as digital operator and retoucher. Originally from Italy, I’m now based in East London.
Over the years I have worked with a number of photographers both in Italy and in the UK. I have spent most of my assisting time on location. This has given me a deep understanding on how to travel with photographic equipment and how to quickly tackle challenging weather conditions when the team needs to be most efficient.
I have experience shooting in extreme cold / hot environments and also as a second shooter for events.
I’m highly proficient in post production and colour management. I’m accustomed to working fast under tight deadlines and to delivering files for either digital or print use.
Here’s an overview of my skills:
- Camera systems: Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica.
- Lighting: Profoto, Elinchrom, Arri, LED’s, Dedo.
- Software and post production: Capture One, Lightroom, Photoshop, Camera RAW, Bridge, Final Cut Pro, Wacom, VR and 360° stills.
- Languages: mother tongue Italian, fluent English, basic French
Equipment available to rent:
- 15-inch MacBook Pro (includes Capture One Pro, Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom)
- 27-inch Benq Monitor
- Datacolor Spyder 5 Pro
- Wacom Intuos Pro Small
- Nikon D800 + lenses
- Leica M240 + lenses
- Hand painted background
- Manfrotto 190 Tripod + 410 Micro-metric geared head
- F&V K4000 SE Daylight LED Panel
I hold an Italian passport, a clean EU driving license (soon to be switched to a UK one) and I have my own car and bicycle.
I’m happy to travel anywhere if required.
I play guitar and I’m a very good cook!
Please, get in touch to chat about your specific needs.
References can be provided on request.
Based in East London, I've been assisting for over year but what I lack in experience I make up in professionalism and fast learning. I had a successful career in technology and finance for 12 years, where I learnt to handle difficult clients and tricky situations.
* Proficient in Adobe Products (Bridge, Photoshop, Lightroom, inDesign), learning CaptureOne.
* I've assisted both in studio and on location using Profoto, Elinchrom, Hensel kits.
* I use both digital kits: Canon 5d iii, Fuji XPro2 and analog: Leica M6, Mamiya 7ii, Nikon FM2 (I develop and print black & white negatives)
* Clean driving license (not a car owner).
* Dual British and Romanian nationalities.
* Fluent in English, Romanian, conversation-level French and Spanish.
Happy to travel for work. Please get in touch!
ioana / Yoyo
I have been working as a freelance first and second assistant and digital operator based in London for over 8 years.
I have lots of on set experience (primarily stills but increasingly more video) using a variety of cameras, lighting and software.
Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Phase One, Mamiya Leaf, Sony, GoPro and Sinar cameras and backs.
Arri, Bowens, Broncolor, Dedo, Elinchrom, Kino Flo, Profoto and Strobe studio and location lighting.
I am a skilled digi op and retoucher and I’m proficient with Capture One Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw, Bridge, Phocus, Leaf Capture, Sinar Capture Shop and Wacom tablets.
If needed, I have a MacBook Pro, Canon 5D Mk3 and a few L series lenses available for hire and am also an experienced second shooter for events or behind the scenes (stills and video).
Lastly, I am a non-smoker and have a UK passport, full clean UK driving license, my own car and bicycle so can avoid public transport, in accordance with current government advice. I have also read the AOP and APA COVID-19 Production guidelines.
If you need an assistant for your shoot, or any pre and post production work then do get in touch.
Last updated - 21st September 2020
Worked full time for advertising photographer Jonathan Oakes in Manchester before moving to London.
Now based in Highgate. I Have worked on shoots for magazines including Marie Clair, In Style, Harpers and Queen, Q , and the Times magazine.
I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I am adaptable, flexible, quick to pick up new skills and enthusiastic when it comes to learning from others.
I have assisted photographers (and still continue to where I can), I have attended London Fashion Week and London Collections: Men as well as doing my own personal projects. This has given me varied transferable skills and the ability to work with many different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team.
Equipment I know:
Nikon, Phase One (Basic), Profoto, Broncolor, Bowens, Elinchrom, Briese (basic), Arri Sky Panel (basic), HMI (Basic use)
Lightroom (90%) | MAC OS (90%)
Capture One (45%) | Photoshop (90%)
Indesign (45% | Social Media (90%)
Photographers I've worked with:
Rob Shepard, Eric Marillier, Jason Yates, Denise Maxwell ,Marcin Leszczynski,
Uzo Oleh, Jayden Tang, Rosella Vannon, Nick Guttridge, Emma Mitchell, Olly Courtney, Alison Jackson
Shoots I've worked on:
Boden, Fabulous Mag, Unpolished Mag, Another Mag, Purple Mag, Volt Mag, Oceanic/Volkan Mag, L'Oreal, Wolford, DJ Tim Green, Notion Mag, Africa Fashion Week, Funk Eye Wear, Asda Christmas Campaign, New Look Christmas Campaign; Zoho Advert, Incesco Campign
Very experienced in all formats and most kinds of lighting.
Strong retouch, lighting and digital operating skills.
Experienced in studio and on location both in London and abroad.
Full car and motorbike license.
Originally from Barnsley, now based in London, James is an editorial and advertising photographer, creating photography and visual material for creative agencies, brands and companies. Imagery and projects follow the themes of technology, automotives, sport, people and travel.
Photographic work has received recognition from the Magnum foundation, NOOR Collective, Format, Brighton and Contact photo festivals, featured on Huck, BBC, Calvert Journal, Aint-Bad, FotoRoom, Fish Eye, Pupil Sphere.
Worked with - Sony, Google, Levc, Geely, Harrods, Welcome to Yorkshire, Jaguar, National Union of Miners, Arts Council England…
W. www.jamesparker.co // E. email@example.com // T. +44 (0) 7429068165 // A. Studio 410, Peckham Levels Studios.
Hi, I'm Tristan and been working as an all singing all dancing freelance digital operator and lighting assistant for over 10 years.
Just let me know where and when and I am ready to go!
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I am an experienced digital operator with Phocus / Capture One Pro, Hasselblad, Phase One, Canon, Nikon, Leaf, Lightroom, Photomechaic, Helicon Focus, comp and retouch on location or in studio with Photoshop. ----Phase One Certified Technician / Professional--- Member of BECTU
I have experience lighting with Profoto, Elinchrom, Breise Flash/Tungsten, Broncolor, HMI, Bowens, Strobe Fish Fry etc in studio or on location using 10/8Kw generators and 32A/16A to 13amp distribution. Also continuous lighting such as Sky Panels, HMI and Profoto. ---Profoto Certified Professional---
Assisting photographer working full-time in the South-East and South-West, with family bases in many parts of UK.
I've been working as an assistant full-time for 3 years and prior to that I worked part-time for 2 years, including the last year of my degree at UWE. In the short time that I've been working I've gained experience with small teams on location to large sets in studio. I'm sharp-minded, adaptable, tech-smart and a quick learner, plus I'm incredibly calm and easy to get on with.
People I work regularly with: Mark Harrison, Amit Lennon, Joe Giacomet, Dave Pratt
Clients I've assisted on shoot for: Sainsburys, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Attitude Magazine, Adidas, Vespa, My Hermes
I am a freelance photographer based in Essex with a studio in Colchester specialising in portraiture and headshots on location and in the studio.
I have worked for BDW, Barber Jackson, Higgins and Eat Natural in recent times. While working as second photographer and first assistant to Chris Reeve photographer, further clients have included Mitre, NCR, Trinity, Christ's and St. Mary's University, Anglia Ruskin University, Bourgee, Barber Jackson, Higgins to name but a few. This work has been wide ranging from food, products, architecture and events but also co-ordinating models on location internationally, stills and video work.
My personal projects have been of an environmental, historical and social context. I have exhibited in the Essex area over the years and also Truman Brewery, Brick Lane London.
My experience and skills have made me an eloquent communicator, accustomed to problem solving and working flexibly and an overall good team player.
Hi I'm Jo, a freelance assistant covering primarily London and the South East and also willing to travel worldwide.
After working previously as a staff photographer for a local newspaper with a strong and varied news agenda, I now relish the challenge of assisting other photographers to do their very best work.
I have the nous and life experience to deal with any challenge that can be thrown at me.
I'm familiar with Nikon, Elinchrom, Bowens, Profoto and continuous lighting, I also have a good understanding of Mac, PC, Lightroom, Capture One and knowledge of Photoshop.
Photographers that I've assisted:
Liam Bailey, Marek Puc, Michael Fair, Mike Stone, Nick Dolding, Piers Cunliffe and Richard Seymour.
“Jo has worked with me on several projects now, not just as camera assistant but also on the production side, most recently helping me cast and shoot a major campaign with multi national talent. Always efficient and confident, a real asset to my team.” Mike Stone
"Joanna assisted me on a corporate headshot photoshoot comprising of various locations and lighting requirements within the building. She was very easy to work with and provided good attention to detail. She was attentive and personable during the shoot and helped to keep the timings of the day on track. Quick to learn and adapt to new equipment and different lighting set-ups. Happy to recommend Joanna as a first assistant." Piers Cunliffe, Kinsmen Photography
If you're looking for an assistant who is hard-working, adaptable, punctual, polite and trustworthy, as well as used to meeting and getting on with people from all walks of life, please do get in touch.
Full clean UK driving licence and have own car
First aid / Health & safety trained
DBS enhanced certificate
I am an experienced First Assistant regularly hired on lifestyle and still life advertising shoots for established photographers and high end brands. I am proactive and have an extensive production background to draw from, making me experienced and capable, and able to anticipate requirements on set. Consistent and highly successful as part of both large location productions and studio based shoots.
* Lighting rig: Profoto, Elinchrom, Bowens, HMI, LED for large location and studio based shoots
* Digital Operative: workflow management - Capture One, Lightroom, some Photoshop
* Adept with Nikon, Canon, experience of Phocus and Phase One systems
* Video production on set - exposure to Arri and Red cameras, some Premiere Pro editing
* Location and shoot coordination; sourcing and booking crew, call sheets, equipment hire, research, coordination, set building, and sourcing suppliers
Photographers: David Short, Gareth Sambidge, Richard Brown, Patricia Niven, Karen Yeomans, Steve Baxter, Michael Michaels, Eddie MacDonald, Matthew Joseph, Paul Brooking, Jonathan Perugia, David Brook
Brands: Regatta Clothing, Waitrose, Virgin, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Le Crueset, Uncle Ben’s, Albert Bartlett, Idaho, Betty Crocker, Godiva, Anjula Devi, Wild Bean, Sushi Daily, Pippa Small, Sophia Webster, Preen, Nicolas Kirkwood, Conran, Ming Ray, Another Country, The New Craftsman
Northern based Assisting Photographer and Digi Tech working around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield and willing to travel further afield.
With over 9 years of experience assisting In London on large commercial projects and leading photo shoots myself as an in-house senior fashion photographer, I know the importance of being supported by capable and intuitive assistants.
I have assisted on large-scale commercial and advertising commissions for leading fashion and sports brands, as well as on food and lifestyle editorials, and interior and architecture shoots. Working for overseas clients, I have produced shoots, with responsibility for negotiating budgets, organising studio and equipment hire, managing castings, location scouting, permits and transport.
Local knowledge - I have worked closely with northern production companies such as LS Productions & Seventy7 liasing with production to help source equipment from my local contacts, offering location and studio advise, as well as other essential requirements.
I have experience of film making and documentary work as both lead and second camera and am often asked to shoot BTS and stills on TV commercials and film.
CAPTURE & POST
Mac & PC Platforms, Adobe Photoshop CS6: Adobe Certified in visual communications using Adobe CS6, PhaseOne Capture One Pro , Adobe Lightroom 5, Final Cut Pro.
CAMERA & LIGHTING
PhaseOne P+Series, Hasselblad H Systems, Canon/Nikon DSLR’s, Analogue large/Medium/35mm format, Video - Canon 5D Mark iii . Studio flash lighting Profoto ProSystems, Bowens, Elinchrom. Continuous Lighting Arri/Fresnel HMI Tungsten/ Florescent/ KinoFlow Systems.
Film processing. Skilled traditional Wet room B&W/Colour Mural Printer, Toner and chemical formulator; Mentor: John Blakemore. Self-taught finisher: Photo spotting, Window mounting, Framing and installation
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I drive a VW Golf estate which is ideal for transporting larger crews and additional equipment if necessary. Also experienced driving SWB, LWB & Luton Vans.
I am a London based photographer of people and places, with a love of travel and the outdoors.
I have over 10 years assisting experience working mostly as a digi op. I am very happy working with teams in the UK and further afield.
Freelance Assistant and Retoucher.
Based in London and Cambridge.
Seven years experience working as an assistant.
I have experience of a wide variety of shoots:
Commercial and Corporate portraits, Advertising, Still life and Product photography, Food, Architectural and Editorial and Music photography.
Comfortable working in studio or on location.
Camera And Lighting Equipment:
Hasselblad digital cameras, H2D,H3D,H5D
Mamyia 645 with digital backs.
Canon 5d Mark 2 (stills and moving image).
Nikon D3, D2x, D700.
Some experience using Mamiya RZ67.
Sony Z7 video camera
Bowens Lighting equipment.
Broncolor Lighting Equipment
Elinchrom Lighting equipment.
Canon and Nikon Speed lights.
Hasselblad Phocus and Flex Colour.
Able to work on both Mac and PC systems.
I am an experienced retoucher with extensive knowledge of photoshop.
BA(Hons) Graphic Design, Nottingham Trent University.
UK Passport and Full, clean, UK driving license and car.
T: 07881 951506
I’ve been lucky enough to have travled extensively as an assistant and have just returned from South Africa where I was working on a Getty shoot with Rob Daly and Chris Newton. I used to work profesionaly with race horses (and I still own my own horse)
I've been working as a Lighting, camera and digital assistant for over 4 years and previous to that I worked in a rental department for 2 years.
I've worked with many agencies, photographers and production companies over the past 4 years on an array of shoots from ecom to advertising for a wide and diverse clientele.
I'm a calm and level headed person who works well under pressure. I'm able to communicate well and understand what my role is in assisting photographers to complete a successful shoot.
The skills I've acquired over the years have made me more than competent with lighting equipment and I'm able to understand a lighting brief and hire/use the right tools to achieve the desired look.
Likewise with a digital workflow, I can provide a full digital kit package and make sure that all files from camera to computer are organised, graded and outputted to the requirements of the client, ready for retouch.
Useful things I own include:
Full Clean Driving Licence
VW T6 LWB Van
Broncolor A4 Gratit with Ringflash and Pulso heads
Macbook Pros (Thundebolt 2 and 3) with all the bits!!
Monitor (Eizo and Dell)
Inovativ Pro Ultra Kit
Think Tank Production 50 Case
and rarer things like common sense!!
Tom is a freelance photographer, assistant and camera operator back in London after splitting his time in recent years between Leeds and London. He has worked on a variety of shoots, fashion to food to automotive, both on location, worldwide. And, in the studio. Has good knowledge of all formats from 10x8 to medium format digi and all lighting from Strobe Equipment to HMI. Good on a Mac with retouch and of-course, highly proficient with a kettle and cafetiere.
His personal work has been regularly featured in the AOP Open Awards, SUN Awards, AOP Assistants Awards, BJP Portrait of Britain and Portrait Salon amongst other competitions.
Based in South London but also with links to Nottingham. He possess a full, clean driving licence, full no clams insurance and vast experience driving commercial vehicles.
A hard working, reliable and dedicated member of any team.
Jeremy is a UK based award winning photographer, known for documenting images of beautiful destinations, cultures and communities from around the world.
Specialising in travel, landscape and location photography, Jeremy has vast experience in visiting and photographing some of the planet’s most captivating people and places and can deliver excellent work in challenging circumstances.
He was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2016 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest and won the 2016 F11 Your Vision competition.
Jeremy has recently won the Discovery Award at the 2017 Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards.
Jeremy's striking images have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveller, Outdoor Photography and Digital SLR Photography, besides Chasing the Light online magazine and national newspapers.
Chris has a lot of experiance in: digital, still life, food, people, above/below the line advertising, corporate annual reports, locations near & far, editorial, room sets, cars, tv production stills, a bit of fashion, a bit of beauty, reportage, and even weddings!!!
Equipment? All the usual suspects from 35mm to 10x8. Digital SLRS, Leaf , Sinar, Imacon, Mac.
Lighting: Most flash packs, Tungsten, HMI’s & 32 5K Strobe packs all synced toghether then putting out the fire afterwards!