I have been working as a freelance first and second assistant and digi op based in London for over 7 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 digital operator and retoucher and I’m proficient with Capture One Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw, Bridge, Phocus, Leaf Capture and Sinar Capture Shop.
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.
Lastly, I am a non-smoker and have a full clean UK driving license and passport.
If you need an assistant for your shoot, or any pre and post production work then please get in touch.
Last update - April 2020 - *Still well and working!*
London based Digi Tech
Phase One Certified Professional
5 Years Experience
Equipment I have experience with:
Nikon, Canon, Phase One, Hasselblad, Profoto, Elinchrom
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.
London based Assistant & Digital Operator who is also confident shooting Video.
I've been working as a freelance Assistant & Digi tech for 3 years and have been fortunate enough to have worked on a variety of shoots including Advertising, Editorial, Still Life, Corporate, Commercial, Lifestyle all across the UK and Abroad.
Happiest when Busy.
EQUIPMENT EXPERIENCE -
Camera's - Nikon, Canon, Sony, Phase One, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax
Lighting - Profoto, Elinchrom, Broncolor, Arri, Bowens, KinoFlo, Briese, Skypanels
Software - Adobe application proficiency, Capture One Pro, Chronosync, Photo Mechanic, Phocus, Final Cut Pro X
Assistants bag - Leatherman, Gaffer Tape, Bungee cords, Grip Gloves, Pens, Diffusers, Clips, Lots of cables you may not have.
CAMERA KIT -
Canon 5D3 with Lenses, Macbook Pro (16gb Ram & 1TB SSD), DJI Phantom 4 Pro (CAA Licensed Pilot), x2 Bowens XMT500 Location Lights.
PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKED WITH -
Richard Wadey, Jason Alden, Rich Maciver, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hyde, Mike Ellis, Jonathan Knowles, Pete Schiazza, Patrick Harrison, Ben Duffy, Dean Chapple, Jeremy Rata, Gavin Smith, Philip Haynes, William King, James Lightbown, Phil Babb, Nick Dolding, Paul Ellis, Ben Rice, Matt Davis, Andrew Mcgibbon, Phil Hill, Josh Wukda, Olivia Richardson, Tony Harris, Alun Callender, Tasos Gaitanos, David Hoare, Michael Heffernan, Darrin Jenkins, Kelvin Murray, Charlie Clift, Stephen Ambrose, Seb Winter, Philip Lee Harvey.
MORE INFO -
- Clean UK Driving License
- UK Passport
- CAA Licensed Drone Pilot
- First aid trained
- PADI diving certified
A freelance assistant and Camera Operator back in London full time after splitting my time for the last 8 years between Leeds and London. I have worked for numerous photographers on a variety of shoots, fashion to food to automotive, both on location, worldwide. And, in the studio. I have good knowledge of all formats from 10x8 to medium format digi-backs and all lighting from Strobe Equipment to HMI. Good on a Mac with retouch and of-course I am highly proficient with a kettle and cafetiere.
My 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 a base in Leeds and Nottingham. I possess a full, clean driving licence and full no clams insurance.
A hard working, reliable and dedicated assistant.
I am Elio, I come from a lovely place by the seaside in Italy and I have been in England for 15 years now.
I have been freelancing and assisting on various projects and shoots for the past 10 years. I have extensive experience both on location and within a studio environment. I also shoot by my own work which focuses primarily on still-life and food.
I have worked with a wide range of photographers such as Julia Fullerton Batten, Kelvin Murray, Levon Biss on a number of different shoots, working in advertising, corporate, still life, editorial, commercial and lifestyle. I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience during my time assisting, and am incredibly confident working with an array of different camera and lighting systems, and I am able to apply the knowledge and the skills I have learnt to any shoot. I have extensive knowledge of file treatment, colour management and post production, and how to prepare files to a professional standard, whether that be for print or viewed digitally.
I understand the importance of working quickly, professionally, and efficiently during a shoot, and work relentlessly to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, and to anticipate and meet the photographer and client’s needs.
I have extensive experience using Profoto, Elinchrom, Broncolor and Bowens lighting kits, and am able to supply technical help throughout the shoot to ensure that all equipment runs efficiently.
I am also a good retoucher, have a clean European driving license and am available to travel further afield from London if required.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile, and please check out my website to see a selection of my work.
Feel free to contact me at any time.
I look forward to working together in the future!
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
Hi I'm Jo, a freelance assistant covering primarily London and the South East and also willing to travel worldwide.
After many years working 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
Born in Trondheim, Norway’s 3rd largest town, I was raised in a small town called Namsos a bit further up the Norwegian coast. After my happy years at school I started my studies of drawing and graphic design. It was through these studies that I was introduced to photography - and this changed the course of my further studies. The journey then went to England, and Kent Institute of Art & Design in Maidstone, where I obtained a BA (Hons) degree in photography. Then there was no way around it - I had to go back to Norway to do my National Military Service and ended up in the Norwegian Navy. 12 months later, when the Navy finally let me go, I again packed my toothbrush and left for England. Having assisted various advertising photographers for six years in London I have now started to undertake my own photography commissions.
I am an experienced First Assistant regularly hired on fashion, food 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, 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
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!!
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!
I have several years experience as 1st or 2nd lighting assistant and a rich portfolio of clients. I'm comfortable shooting on digital or film and used to working with combinations of natural, continuous and strobe lighting. As well as having technical knowledge, I'm super resourceful, hard-working, sociable and can keep a cool head under pressure. I'm happy being behind the camera too.
PAST & CURRENT CLIENTS:
Rankin | David Bailey | Yvan Fabing | Annie Lai | Rhys Thorpe | Martin Parr
Drew Jarrett | Hugo Comte | Henrik Knudsen | Ben Hassett | Hart+Lëshkina |
Juliette Cassidy | Perry Ogden | Charlotte Rutherford | Julia Fullerton-Batten |
Edd Horder | Nicole Winkler | Robbie Cooper | Greta Ilieva | Christopher Hunt |
Damien Weilers | Richard Cannon | Eric Broms | Philippe Jarrigeon
RECENT ASSISTING WORK: https://edaked.cargocollective.com/Assisting-Work
ALL commonly used lighting:
HMI, tungsten, LED, fluorescent | Profoto, Bowens & Broncolor flash systems
Digital systems: Phase One, Hasselblad, Canon & Nikon
Analogue systems: Mamiya RB/RZ67, Fuji 6x9, Pentax 67, HB 555ELD/500C, Rolleiflex, Polaroid & various 35mm
Darkroom: Black & white film processing
Digital operator: kit lists, sensor cleaning, tethered capture, file saving, Capture One & Photoshop
Direct Photographic Equipment & Lighting Training Certificate
UK driving license (can drive cars, transit vans, horses...)
Tall & strong (can carry big things)
Portable speaker & good taste in music (on request)
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
Before photography I worked with explosives across the world, so I'm very good at keeping calm.
Freelance lighting assistant and Digi-op based in Manchester.
Ex Big Sky Studios Lighting department. Experienced operating and troubling-shooting all the usual still and video lighting equipment: Profoto, Broncolour, Arri Tungsten and HMI, Kinoflo, Dedolight, litepanel. In depth knowledge of some of the more specialised lights and modifiers such as the full range of Briese including the T4 continuous system.
Capture One, Photoshop and ChronoSync.
Full, clean driving licence. Colorama compatible estate car available. Confident inner city van driver. Outdoor first aid trained. Bright orange Peli case full of the stuff you might have forgotten.
Tall and skinny so can reach things and get in awkward places.
Working as a commercial photographer shooting furniture, cars, food, people, and lighting to name a few.
After twelve years in another career, I decided to focus on photography full time. Based in East London, I've been assisting for a year but what I lack in experience I make up in professionalism and fast learning.
* 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
- picture by Greg Funnell