Newborn Assistant Application

We are taking applications for a second photographer's assistant for newborn shoots, to be hired on a job-by-job basis. Must have experience handling newborns, either through working in childcare, your own children, or other experience. Must have a calm and patient personality. Must have reliable transportation. This is NOT a full time position. Pay will depend on experience but will be at least $9/hour once training is complete.  Each job will be approximately a 5 hour shift. We photograph anywhere from 2 to 12 newborns a month, depending on bookings. Great fit for someone who only desires a few hours a week. 

Assistants must be willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that a shoot runs smoothly and keep newborn's safety top priority. This typically involves carrying equipment, preparing sets, checking that all equipment is functioning properly, setting up lighting and accessories, hands-on assistance with posing, spotting for safety, help cleaning & reorganizing after the shoot, and culling after a shoot. This may also entail general studio maintenance, such as ensuring that sets are neat & tidy, organizing files & props, and shielding the photographer from unnecessary interruptions.

We also may need seasonal help with general studio operations, such as packaging, keeping track of and purchasing office supplies and small equipment, returning phone calls / emails / answering basic questions for customers, submitting & checking orders, ensuring that the store front is clean & presentable for client meetings, and communicating with clients. Other possibilities include assisting with post-processing (culling, color correction, basic editing, renaming files, transmitting files, organization.) If you are interested in this type of work as well, please specify. 

Desired Availability:

We photograph newborns on Wednesdays, Fridays, and some weekends. Typically we will either schedule you from 9am-2pm or 2pm-7pm.

 

Requirements:

Experience with newborns is required, whether personal or professional. Childcare experience is a plus. This is a position for someone with a calming personality, and a willingness to learn and take direction. Assistants must be organized and practical, should be able to foresee potential problems, and should possess the ability to maintain a calm and pleasant demeanor even when dealing with the unexpected.  Assistants must be able and willing to contribute when miscellaneous needs arise, such as helping to set up displays, cleaning, steaming backdrops, running errands, etc.

Communication skills are a must. Some computer skills may be necessary. Keen attention to detail is a big plus. Applicants do not have to be outgoing but must be capable of being friendly, curteous, and polite.

Physical requirements:

Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be able to stay on feet for 2-3 hours, sometimes longer. Must be able to sit / lean for long periods of time.


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