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Helping Hands: My First Intern

Let me start by saying that I am currently at no point in my professional career to start thinking about hired help.  Ideally, somewhere in my perfect world, I’d be at the point where I’d be so overwhelmed with work that I’d need to hire an assistant.  But that isn’t the case, and I’m not sure when that will happen.

At the beginning of summer my friend Elise had me meet Jeremy Gillam.  He’s an NYU student in film making and was a former music student of Elise’s.  He was back home for the summer and he met with me and asked if I accept interns or assistants of any kind.  I really didn’t know what to say.  I’m certainly not busy enough to afford an intern, and I embarrassingly told him so.  Payment wasn’t really a factor for Jeremy – who simply wanted to be spending time with a creative helping out and maybe picking up a tip or two along the way.  I was nervous, but I invited him to a shoot I was having the next week.  That turned into Jeremy helping out on almost all the shoots I did over the summer.

It was good just to have an extra set of hands when I needed them.  And I made sure that Jeremy felt comfortable enough to ask questions about anything I was doing, and tried to get his input as well.  I tried to make him feel as if he was part of the process.  Any questions he had I made sure I answered as honestly as I could.

At the end of the summer I felt kinda bad that I couldn’t pay him – he had helped out with a bunch of location shoots.  But he told me that he learned lots of great information simply by watching and asking questions.  He got to digest tidbits of information and small tips and tricks to better understand things.  He also got a free Portable Portrait Workshop on the house, as that was the least I could do for him as thanks.

Jeremy is heading back to NYU and another semester of classes.  I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank him for his help this summer.  He was great to have around, talk shop, and have laughs with.  My door is always open to him, anytime.

If anyone reads this blog in the NYC area and is looking for an assistant – let me know so I can give you Jeremy’s contact information.

Thanks Jeremy.  See you soon.

Cheers,
Sid

MY FAVORITE FRANKENSTEIN

Frankenstein (Sunpak 120j)

I try not to be a gear freak. I live and work by the belief that you can do amazing work with minimal gear and tools. I try not to fall into the trap of marketing: you are only as good as the latest camera or gadget. This simply isn’t true, but judging by how fast new camera bodies are released and how much money and sales digital SLR cameras are generating, I’m in the minority when it comes to this belief.

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Portable Portrait workshop: August 14, 2010

Myles & Jeremy: The Portable Portrait Workshop

Saturday August 14th saw another Portable Portrait workshop out of the studio here in Nashua NH.  The 2010 workshop season is starting to reach the finish line as there are only 2 more workshops out of the studio for 2010!

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Gettin’ yer feet wet!

Senior class photo shoot

Here is a quick behind-the-scenes shot from a Senior Portrait session from a few weeks ago.  I’ll be posting about it soon.  I love this location we were in.  Its like Paradise!

Thanks to Gary for letting me post this!

Cheers,
Sid

You Deserve Special: Picking the right Creative for You

Vanessa Evening

I want to talk a little bit about finding the right creative person for the visual needs that you desire.  In our current economy, I receive many email and phone inquiries where only one questions is asked:

How much are you?

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