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PDN’s All-Star Assistants: Sahara Coleman

By Libby Peterson


PDN’s All-Star Assistants: Sahara Coleman
© Paige Garland Photography

Type of Assistant: Digital Tech, First Assistant & Full-Time/Studio Assistant

Location: Seattle

Best Skills: Administration/studio management; color calibration and color profiling; daylight shooting; digital capture and software; light metering; managing other assistants; photo archiving/image editing/image delivery; post-production software/retouching; still cameras: 35mm, digital backs, large format and medium format; still lighting: continuous/tungsten/HMI/Lowel/Kino Flo and strobes/flash systems; video lighting

Has Assisted: AShapiro Studios, Christopher Conrad, Amber French, Fueled Creative, Emily Goodnight, The House Studios, Darrell Peterson, Erik Skaar and Francis Zera

Sahara Coleman’s love for photography was ignited as a child, and in high school she began experimenting with such alternative processing techniques as lith printing, and Sabattier and solarizing effects. Today, she’s shooting weddings, portraits and working with The House Studios as a freelance production assistant. Coleman hopes to eventually art direct in the commercial world, but she still likes returning to the older ways of taking photos. “Once in a while I take out my Hasselblad 501c and shoot some 120,” Coleman says. “It’s good for the soul.”

Sahara Coleman Photo Gallery

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