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Photographer Assistant Job Description

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Photographer Assistant Job Description

We are recruiting for a passionate Photographer Assistant to help our team of professional Photographers. You will be responsible for helping our Photographers plan, setup, and execute photoshoots at various locations. You may also be required to interact with customers, edit photos, and distribute completed photo projects.

To succeed as a Photographer Assistant, we expect you to have a passion for photography and in-depth knowledge of lighting and editing techniques. A high performing Photographer Assistant handles the small details of a shoot, allowing the principal Photographer to capture the perfect shot.

Photographer Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

  • Previous experience working as a Photographer Assistant is helpful.
  • Naturally creative with a good eye for colour and style.
  • Familiarity with professional cameras and lighting equipment.
  • Ability work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Detailed knowledge of modern photography techniques.
  • Ability to work after hours when needed.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Proficient with photo editing software including Adobe Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, Gimp, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDRAW.
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Diploma in Photography or similar qualification.

Photographer Assistant Skills and Requirements

  • Book customer appointments and set up meet-and-greets.
  • Scouting potential photoshoot locations and venues.
  • Organise location permits, and securing the location.
  • Set up the studio for each shoot.
  • Organise, unpack, and set up camera and lighting equipment at external locations.
  • Interact with customers and assisting with positioning during the shoot.
  • Take instructions from the principal Photographer.
  • Assist with lighting and camera work.
  • Take payments and keeping in contact with customers.
  • Edit and distribute photos to clients by post or via online distribution portals.
  • Previous experience working as a Photographer Assistant is helpful.
  • Naturally creative with a good eye for colour and style.
  • Familiarity with professional cameras and lighting equipment.
  • Ability work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Detailed knowledge of modern photography techniques.
  • Ability to work after hours when needed.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Proficient with photo editing software including Adobe Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, Gimp, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDRAW.
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Diploma in Photography or similar qualification.

Personalising Your Photographer Assistant Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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