Since I plan on seeking an assisting job after I have completed my third year at Uni, I pondered how I would put myself in a position of potentially being hired by a photographer.
“The first step is to contact the photographers you want to work for. Ideally make an appointment to meet them. It can take a while to get an appointment but persevere and be polite.”
You want to show you are persistent in wanting to establish your self in the business of photography, by contacting a various amount of different photographers, that you want to work with, as it is important to realise that you may not get called back by most, especially being a new comer, it is best to supply yourself with a number of opportunities.
Then once you have a chance to meet with a photographer, its your chance to showcase your best work to them.
“Ask to show your portfolio. A lot of photographers like to see your work even though it actually isn’t relevant to what you will be doing. At your stage as a beginner, any chance to show your book and get feedback is invaluable.”
Your work doesn’t have to relevant to his practice, it is more of a chance to show who you are as a photographer and whether you have a particular eye. But when it comes down to doing a shoot, he is not likely to ask for your creative input, rather you cater to his. The point of the portfolio when applying for an assisting job is to show you have drive and you are willing to work hard to achieve best results.
Conor Masterson (2014). Beyond the Lens. 4th ed. London: The Association of Photographers Limited. 133.