APhotoAssistant is Back in the Saddle

Many thanks to Jack Mader, Photography Dept. Instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, in Minneapolis, for having me out to his photo assisting class this past Tuesday to share with the students. I was part of a four-person panel of MCTC photography alumni who shared experience, stories, tips, and advice for students who are starting to work in the photo industry as photo assistants. I participated along-side Anna Rajdl, Roxanne Kajrum, and John Haynes.

Jack’s a great teacher and we had a great forum with his class. Very informal, but a real good sharing and Q & A session. We talked about everything from how to find assisting work, to what is expected of an assistant, to questions about filing taxes as a self-employed photo assistant and photographer. Here is a breakdown of the meeting:

  • Introductions
  • Experience
  • Beginning as a photo assistant
  • Becoming a digitech
  • Transitioning into photographer
  • Mishaps, horror stories
  • What to do
  • What not to do
  • Tech/Gear/Software
  • Etiquette
  • Working relationships/networking

This year’s Fall Portfolio Show for the MCTC Photography Program Students is entitled Elements and will be taking place Nov. 29 thru Dec. 3. Please mark your calendars. More info soon!

Now, I know it’s been a spell since my last entry here at APhotoAssistant.com. If you follow me on facebook or twitter you may have figured out that I was in Los Angeles for the spring and summer, working. While this opportunity gave me much opportunity to write new material for the blog, I simply was so busy that I just did not have the time. My apologies to those of you I left hanging. After the speaking engagement at MCTC, I decided it was high time to get back on my writing horse. I aim to relate some of this summer’s experiences, and others, in the near future.

So, here I am… again.

I am hoping to make some improvements to APhotoAssistant.com real soon, both in content and design. If you have any thoughts or ideas about what you want to see, read, or know about, please send me an email. I am open to all ideas and concerns.

If you have any questions about assisting, photography, or my services, again, please give me a holler.


  1. Sandi says

    Thank you for coming and speaking to our class. We learned a lot and it is really good to hear first hand from people in the industry how things work.

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