PDN's All-Star Assistants: Brandon Magnus-Ledesma

By Brienne Walsh

Courtesy of Brandon Magnus-Ledesma

Type of Assistant: First Assistant

Location: Cardiff, California

Best Skills: Administrative/studio management; color calibration/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: strobes/flash systems; website design and management

Has assisted: KC Alfred, James Law and Donald Miralle

Brandon Magnus-Ledesma decided he wanted to work for Donald Miralle when he saw one of Miralle’s photographs in a textbook during his final year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so he e-mailed persistently. Eventually the award-winning sports photographer hired Magnus-Ledesma to assist on a 2012 shoot for Golf Digest. They’ve been together ever since. Magnus-Ledesma “knows what he wants, and he won’t stop until he gets it,” says Miralle. The most nervous Miralle’s ever seen Magnus-Ledesma was while they were preparing to shoot the Ironman Competition—Magnus-Ledesma had never done underwater photography. “He got his scuba certification, and learned how to use my underwater gear,” Miralle explains. The hard work paid off: Magnus-Ledesma’s personal underwater shots are worthy of his mentor.  

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