PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT & DIGITAL OPERATOR

I have been assisting for over five years both in the United Kingdom & around the world. 

Broncolor, Profoto, Elinchrom, HMI, Kinoflo, Sky Pannels  

Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Hassleblad, Mamiya, Phase One, Large Format. 

Capture One, Lightroom, Phocus, Fuji Aquire, Photoshop. 

BOOKINGS

Bookings can either be verbal or via written communication e.g. text message or email, between Stuart Harper and “the Third Party” (Photographer, Agent or Production Company). It should be understood if the work is provisional or confirmed. On confirmation the following should be agreed:

  • Dates, start times and daily hours 
  • Venue and travel arrangements 
  • Special requirements (clothing, equipment knowledge, etc.) 
  • Fee and invoicing details
  • Expenses and overtime (where appropriate) 
  • Weather contingency for location work 
  • Possible overlaps with assistant’s other confirmed jobs 
  • Contact names and numbers 

If the assistant has a provisional booking with another Photographer, the Photographer will be given the option to confirm before another booking is accepted. 

LOCATION WORK

The Photographer is responsible for the cost of accommodation, meals and travel within, to and from location unless otherwise agreed. Personal expenses (e.g. telephone calls) and travel within London zones 1-4 are the responsibility of the assistant. Medical and travel insurance will be discussed with the Photographer before the shoot begins. Weather-permitting bookings should be agreed with the Assistant at the time of confirmation, but postponement due to bad weather will result in the assistant being paid 50% of the fee. The Photographer or the Client may have weather insurance to cover these events. 

CANCELLATION AND POSTPONEMENT

Cancellation is only acceptable with unavoidable reason, e.g. illness, and the substitution of another assistant will be made with the Photographer’s prior knowledge and consent. The Photographer has the right to approve any replacement before commencement of the shoot. 

Where a booking is confirmed which may overlap a previously confirmed job, the Photographer will be informed immediately and given the option to book another assistant. 

Cancellation fees are only payable for confirmed bookings, although once the booking is confirmed, the Assistant will not be cancelled unless the job itself is cancelled. The Assistant should be regarded as a chargeable item and therefore covered by expenses when the “Third Party” is charging the client a cancellation fee. The Assistant reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee at the following rates together with all incurred expenses unless otherwise agreed. On shoots of 2 days or less duration with cancellation within 2 days notice: 100% of fees plus expenses. On shoots in excess of 2 days with cancellation within 2 days notice: 50% of fees plus expenses.

In the case of a postponement, where a new date is given and confirmed, fees may become payable to cover costs and inconvenience, by mutual agreement between the Third Party and the Assistant. 

FEES AND PAYMENT

Fees

Rates are dependent on the type of work the Photographer has been hired for e.g. advertising or editorial productions. These will be charged at a daily rate agreed between the Assistant and the Third Party. A normal day is any period worked between 9am and 6pm. Overtime may be charged for weekends, public holidays and in addition to the standard 9 hours, at a rate previously agreed with the photographer. “Day” means working day. “The Shoot” is defined as the number of confirmed days whether the job is undertaken as a whole or in separate parts. “Expenses” include any and all costs incurred by the Assistant pursuant to the Client’s brief.

Payment

Payment should be made at the end of the shoot unless otherwise agreed at the time of booking. If immediate payment is not agreed, then credit terms of 30 days is given on receipt of invoice. All expenses incurred on behalf of the Photographer or Client will be agreed in advance and are payable immediately the shoot is completed or on receipt of invoice, where agreed with the Photographer. Fees and mileage for the use of the assistant’s car will be agreed at the time of confirmation. 

APPLICABLE LAW

This agreement shall be governed by the laws of England & Wales and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

RENTAL

Lighting

  • Broncolor Siros L 800 x2 
  • Broncolor Pulso x2
  • Broncolor HSS 2.2 Remote [Canon]
  • 60x60cm Softbox
  • 5ft Photek
  • 3ft Photek
  • Californnia Sunbounce

Camera Equipment

  • Fuji GFX 50S
  • Fuji 110m F2
  • Canon 105mm Marco 
  • Canon 50mm [Nifty Fifty]

Digital Operator Kit

  • Macbook Pro 13"
  • NEC 23" MultiSync P232w
  • USB3 Card Reader 
  • Waccom Bamboo Tablet 
  • Cables [selection]
  • Capture One, Photoshop, CronoSync

I can also arrange extra equipment via third party sources. Please contact me for a quote.