THIS POSITION IS NOW FILLED WITH NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED….
Toby Smith, an award-winning contemporary photo-journalist and videographer based in Hackney, London and represented by Reportage by Getty Images. He needs an assistant on international personal, commercial and editorial stories with stills, 4K video, time lapse and animation. The assistant will be working on location but critically also in the studio on Premiere CC, managing digital workflows, equipment and negative scanning.
What is he looking for?
An energetic, fun but professionally minded individual to help with the full life-cycle of projects with excellent planning and attention to detail. They would be both elevating production value and helping meet tight delivery deadlines. Any one week the assistant could be a 2nd camera op , sound guy, trimming rushes in Premiere, maintaining equipment, renting an Imacon X5 or queuing at the Post-Office.
Where does that all happen?
Primarily based in a small studio in Dalston, London but the shoots could and will be anywhere. Any applicant will therefore need both an EU passport, a clean UK driving license and no criminal record. Toby’s projects are often in demanding locations so when out of the studio you can expect an equal mix of long drives, economy flights, posh hotels, camping and late nights backing up work.
Still reading, who are you?
Hopefully an ambitious, junior photographer/editor with an already broad-skill base or assistant at the start of their career. You maybe studying part-time but definitely committed to learn and make things happen in the lens-media and documentary world. You are interested in learning the whole craft of photography but recognize it needs to be a viable business.
How much time would you need to commit?
Applicants should have the flexibility to commit at least 3 days a week, year round, but also expect to sacrifice occasional weekends for extended travel assignments and make client deadlines. Impeccable time keeping and forward planning is essential with mutually agreed dates for shoots and commitments but also your own course deadlines, personal commitments and holidays.
What do you get in return for that commitment?
You would be getting paid a monthly pro-rata salary depending on your experience and skills in the studio and on location. Your responsibilities and salary will evolve together over a minimum of 1 year leading to your own independent practice, extra-income and career growth. You may have opportunity to visit some incredible locations but this is always dependent on a client’s budget.
Any other valuable perks of the job?
Its more of a modern apprenticeship than a job. Outside of agreed work days you will have full access to an Aladdin’s Cave of digital photography, HD and 4K video, lighting equipment and an Imacon X5 scanner. You are encouraged to use it, practice with and become an expert for your own personal or professional projects. You will have your own Mac work-station with Adobe CC in a secure photography studio and access to the main 4K work-station at weekends. Dialogue, advice, help, support to your photography and career will be given and shared but don’t expect clients on a silver platter.
Still interested, you want the small print then..
You will be supporting the full-life cycle of projects and a working photographer. This will be reflected by your day to day responsibilities where assisting on location is only one component of your role. You should be prepared for the reality that not all clients can afford international travel expenses beyond the photographer and editing can take much longer than the shoot itself.
A salary will be offered and evolve depending on experience and skills but will be no-less than £15,000 P/A at start. This will be a hard-working position with occasional long-hours but deep over-time and its related travel expenses will be compensated in addition to the salary.
You will be responsible for travel to/from East London, your own taxes, personal medical and travel insurance. You will also be responsible for the insurance excess on equipment you (hopefully won’t) damage or lose during your own shoots.
After a 30 day probation you will be expected to commit for a calendar year to ensure both you and Toby get maximum and mutual benefit from the working relationship. Your position, work-pattern and salary will be reviewed bi-monthly.
Go upstairs and do your homework…
Before applying have a good browse of www.tobysmith.com and @tobysmithphoto to get a taste and feel of the type of projects, media and research you will be supporting. Importantly consider the logistics and complete work-flow before and after a shoot, not just time on location. You will be expected to contribute, where you can, from Day 1 but rapidly learn and be taught the location and editing skills to contribute reliably and take on more responsibilities.
Does this sound perfect for you?
If you do not meet the above outlined criteria and requirements of this position please do not waste your time applying.
If you do, please send in the body of an e-mail to [email protected]:
A paragraph (200 Words Max) on each of the following:
1. Who are you? – Background, interests, motivations and an insight into your character
2. Where are you now? – Career, your skills on location with equipment, digital workflow and in the studio with Adobe CC.
3. Why do you want this job? – What part of this role and its perks benefit and interest you most.
4. Why should you get the job? – You will be a serious financial and time investment to the photographer. What will you offer in return?
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