In a professional photography studio, the photographer takes beautiful pictures of families, models and pets. To better do this job, he needs an assistant. The studio assistant aids, the photographer with administrative duties and with the clients.
Inside the studio, the studio assistant is a vital part of keeping everything in order
He takes care of many things. The assistant greets the customers and sets appointments for photo sessions.
He also performs administrative works like managing paperwork and keeping inventories of materials, like film, albums and other photographic materials
He or she also talks with the clients and tries to recommend the best deal
Another duty is preparing the lighting and background and setting a certain mood to the photographer's work place
After the session ends, the studio assistant stocks them and organizes the studio for the next session
Another important responsibility is assisting the photographer with the film development and the prints. Other tasks can be performed as assigned.
When children are involved in photo sessions, the studio assistant usually helps up with the poses and keeps them entertained.
He or she is also in charge with the compliance of all studio procedures, laws and standards by the clients and other staff members.
Personal and technical skills needed
One of the needed requirements for a studio assistant is the acquaintance with all the photographic equipment in the studio
Have to operate digital processing tools and printers along classic film processing machinery
Should know to use the computer, mainly photography handing software and applications
Because they are in touch with new people every day, the studio assistants have to possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, having a polite and knowledgeable language.
He or she should have some managerial abilities, so the studio will always be organized and ready for work.
Assistant have also the duty of organizing records and files for the studio.
Great interest in photography technology is a plus for the ones really wanting to make a career in this field.
Art studio assistants are often fresh out of art school or may still be in art school. Working for an established artist helps the studio assistant to see how professional artists work with galleries and museums and how to keep producing new work. Going to art school is not a requirement to become a studio assistant. However, it is one of the best ways to make connections with both aspiring and established artists, and eventually leading to a job with an artist.