Photo Assistants

How to Know When It’s Time to Make the Jump from Assistant to Professional Photographer

November 19, 2013

By David Walker

© Ari Michelson

A photo of NFL player Reggie Bush by Ari Michelson, who says he knew it was time to quit assisting when he "got too big for my britches."

Therese Gietler, partner and producer at the andyBATTstudio in Portland, Oregon, recalls the day that marked the end of Andy Batt’s apprenticeship as a photo assistant. He phoned her from the set with a string of complaints. “He was [like], ‘The photographer is this, the photographer is that. I can’t believe he did this, and oh my gosh this is...

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