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Skills Summary:

  • 20+ years of photography assisting experience
  • 15 years of experience serving as a Staff Photographer’s Assistant at Sports Illustrated providing lighting and remote camera support (independent contractor)
  • Extensive experience working as an Assistant to several photographers who shoot a very wide range of subjects including automotive, fashion/lifestyles, food, portraits, still life, stock, and sports
  • Worked on over 300+ portraits of professional athletes and celebrities
  • Proficient with Canon and Nikon digital cameras
  • Proficient with lighting and light modifier equipment such as Dynalite, Elinchrom, Profoto, Speedotron, Paul C. Buff, Chimera and Plume Softboxes, Elinchrom Octabox, Ring Flashes, Beauty Dishes, Sunbounce, Scrim Jim, and Shiny Boards.
  • Extensive experience with a wide variety of grip equipment such as C-Stands, Beefy Babies, Medium and High Rollers, and Super Booms.
  • Possess expert-level knowledge of arena lighting, (i.e. Flash Wizards and Pocket Wizards) to include setting up remote cameras
  • Highly skilled in using both Pocket Wizards and Flash Wizard II’s to sync multiple cameras to strobes and/or use with available light
  • Extensive travel experience

 

Work Experience:

Sports Illustrated (New York, NY)                2000 – Present
Staff Photographer’s Assistant

  • Served as a Lighting and Remote Camera Tech and provided technical assistance to Sports Illustrated staff photographers at NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, NCAA games as well as various portrait and feature stories
  • NCAA Basketball Final Four, Arena Lighting and Remote Camera Tech (2002-2006, 2012-2015, 2017)
  • NBA Playoffs and Finals, Arena Lighting and Remote Camera Tech (2002-2005, 2008-2013)
  • Portrait and Feature Story Assisting (2000-20017)
  • NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL Regular Season (2000-2017)
  • Served as a Lighting and Remote Camera Tech to 10 NCAA Final Fours and 10 NBA Finals

 

Tim Mantoani (San Diego, CA)                2004 – 2016
Photography Assistant

  • Provided lighting and tech support as well as general photography assistance on numerous commercial still life, fashion, lifestyle, and portrait projects (Clients included: EA Sports, Easton, Sally Foster, and Upper Deck etc.)

 

Marshall Williams Photography (San Diego, CA)                2004 – Present
Photography Assistant

  • Provided lighting and tech support as well as general photography assistance on numerous food, portraits, resorts, travel, and commercial still life projects (Clients included: Jack in the Box, Loews Resorts, Irvine Company, Pelican Hill Resort, Soup Plantation etc.)

 

Michael Scott Slosar Photography (Los Angeles, CA)                2015 – Present
Photography Assistant

  • Provided lighting and tech support as well as general photography assistance on numerous commercial food, lifestyle, and product projects (Clients included: Asics, and Sketchers etc.)

 

Don Diaz (San Diego/Los Angeles, CA)                2015 – Present
Photography Assistant

  • Provided lighting and tech support as well as general photography assistance on numerous commercial lifestyle, product, and portrait projects (Clients included: Disneyland, Munchkin, Sketchers, and Capri Sun etc.)

 

Other Employment:

Sales, COUSIN’S CAMERA WAREHOUSE (San Diego, CA) 1994-1996

Sales, GEORGE’S CAMERA (San Diego, CA) 1997-1999

 

Education and Training:

Associate Degree, Photography, San Diego City College (San Diego, CA)

 

References:

Marshall Williams (Freelance Commercial/Advertising Photographer)
(619) 992-5451

John McDonough (Sports Illustrated Photographer)
(760) 942-2717

Silas King (Freelance Commercial/Advertising Photographer and Owner of Happyrentals.biz)
(310) 922-8964

Don Diaz (Freelance Commercial/Advertising Photographer)
(858) 386-3393