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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 and Mega 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
  • Served as a Remote Camera Tech to 2 Olympics, London and Sochi

 

USA Today Sports (Tyson’s Corner, VA)                2016 – Present
Photographer’s Assistant

  • NCAA Basketball Final Four, Remote Camera Tech (2016, 2018)
  • NFL Super Bowl, Remote Camera Tech (2018)

 

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.)

 

Ken West (San Diego, CA)                2014 – Present
Photography Assistant

  • Provided lighting and tech support as well as general photography assistance on numerous corporate and environmental portraits, and commercial still life projects (Clients included: Sharp Healthcare, Breg, WD40 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

Ken West (Freelance Commercial/Advertising Photographer)
(619) 895-0301

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