Freelance Wedding Photographer Job Application
As you may know, our team is composed of three master photographers and a group of very talented assistant photographers. Each assistant operates his or her own studio; and each were carefully selected for their combination of talent, creativity, and personality.
If you contact us about second shooting and we fail to get back to you, we apologize. We only check our list of applications when we have a need. However, feel free to express your interest below; and we will contact you if and when you are needed.
We’re located in Orange County, CA, but we shoot weddings and events all over the globe. We shoot the majority of our weddings right here in the Los Angeles and Orange County Area. Another 10%-15% are shot in Santa Barbara, 10%-15% in San Diego, 10%-15% in the San Francisco Bay Area, and 10%-15% in destination locations. With that said, the majority of our assistant needs are for photographers located in the LA/OC area, but we still require talented shooters in these other areas 3 to 5 times a year.
There are three important qualifications for all of our assistants.
I. A genuine personality - This doesn’t necessarily mean the most talkative or outgoing personality. However, both our clients and our lead photographers appreciate honest, genuine, and easy-to-work-with individuals.
II. Minimum Equipment - We’re strong believers in a true photographer’s abilities to create lasting imagery with minimal equipment. However, with that said, the wedding industry is a client serving industry, and with that comes the importance of client perception. As such, we’ve established a minimum set of equipment, as well as a preferred set of equipment. In order to be an assistant of LJP, we require you to have access to, either by owning, borrowing, or renting, the following equipment.
a. Camera Body:
Minimum – Prosumer Camera (Canon 40D or above, Nikon D90 or above)
Preferred – Professional Camera (Canon 5D and above, Nikon D700 and above)
Minimum – At least one fixed aperture zoom lens (24-105mm f/4.0, 24-70 f/2.8, or 70-200 either f/2.8 or f/4.0)
Preferred – Full set of lenses at fixed apertures, including a 50mm, 27-70mm f/2.8, and 70-200mm f/2.8
Minimum – Canon 430EX or Nikon SB600
Preferred – Canon 580EX or Nikon SB900, Flash Diffuser, PocketWizard Plus II, Battery Pack
Minimum – 16GB of storage on any brand
Preferred – 32GB of storage on Sandisks or Hoodmans
III. Creativity + Technical Skills – The last qualification is possessing both creativity and technical skills. These are developed over time with experience and training, but in general, it’s important that you start with a minimum foundation of these two skills upon which we can build.
What do I get? What is the pay?
Referrals: We highly encourage all of our assistants to operate their own studios; and we send all of our client inquiries for booked dates or below-budget weddings to our network of assistants.
Networking: Our goal is to establish a network of photographers who share their knowledge and help each other out when available. We have plenty of opportunities for you to meet our other assistants; and many of our assistants second shoot or assist each other on their own shoots.
Portfolio: We allow assistants and second shooters to post images taken by them on their blog with a few restrictions and exceptions. Please contact us for details.
Payment: Payment depends on the length of the wedding and the quality of your work. Please contact us for exact rates.
Learning: We have no problem sharing all of our techniques, approaches, and tricks to those who are genuine in their interest to learn and develop with our studio.
How To Get Started
To get started, we ask that you submit the form below. If you are chosen, we’ll give you a call to chat about your goals, expectations, etc. Instead of going through a formal interview process, we would rather see you in action by inviting you on the next wedding in our schedule as a 3rd or 4th shooter. This first wedding will be one for which the client has not booked an assistant, as we don’t feel it fair to charge clients for assistants with no experience working with our studio. This wedding will be unpaid, however your obligations are limited and we only ask that you show up for the hours that you are available.
If we work well together and we are happy with the image quality, we would then schedule you for future dates as a paid assistant.
We look forward to hearing from you; and feel free to check out our tips and tutorials website, SLR Lounge