Best Practice in Assisting

by the AOP Assistants Working Group

Making the most out of being an Assisting Photographer

In this online session we will focus on Best Practice in Assisting. Best practice serves as an industry benchmark in the way we want to treat those we work with.

Following on from their previous Getting into Assisting webinar (link below), our panelists including Ira Giorgetti, Adam Shaw, and Sarah Hogan with guests, will discuss their experience of either being or hiring an assistant, and what practical and ethical standards they would use to get the best out of working with an assistant, such as:

– What information to share and agree to before the job starts,

– What approach to take during the job itself to ensure positive results, plus

– The best approach to rehiring an assistant for the next job,

– And much, much more…

Presented the AOP Assisting Photographers Working Group with guests

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023

Time: 19:30 GMT (1hr panel discussion, 30mins for Q&A)

Location: Online via Zoom


Fee: Free to AOP members – Accredited & Non-Accredited Course Student Members.

Affordable fees for Non-Members.

Note: Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organiser; Any questions about the event advertised please contact us at; If you are registering from overseas welcome, we look forward to you joining us too.

Join host Ira Giorgetti AOP Assisting Photographer member, Board Director and Chair of the Assisting Photographers Working Group, a Portrait, Lifestyle and Fashion Photographer living in London, and Lifestyle Photographer and Director, and #her`stories producer.

With Guest Speakers:

Sarah Hogan

Sarah is a UK based Interiors and still life photographer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Her work has been described as highly observational in style with a keen attention to detail. Sarah has contributed imagery for numerous books and international editorials like Elle Decoration, Living Etc and House & Garden. Her commercial clients include Ikea, M&S and Tesco as well as high end Interior designers Linley and Banda.

Her personal projects often have a colourful playful elements where composition and light are used to tell a story about the object or place. She is equally at home in a studio or on location and loves to collaborate with creatives and clients to produce striking, beautiful shots. Sarah is proud to have been a co-founding member of the f22 at the AOP and is currently a member of the Assistant working group at the AOP.

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw is a freelance photographer based out of his studio in Leicestershire.

A Cumbrian who studied photography at Nottingham Trent University at the end of the 90s, he first entered the industry working as a photography studio co-ordinator for a global manufacturer and then moved to an in-house position with a retail design agency. Years spent working on high volume catalogue productions and for high street retailers gave him the experience and tools to transition to a successful freelance career.

Adam has since worked internationally and across the UK producing authentic, conscientious work for a wide range of organisations and businesses.

He is drawn toward working alongside everyday people and communities to help them tell their stories and share their loves. It’s one of the ways he can play a part in challenging prejudice and discrimination.

Adam is a Member Director on the AOP Board and Chair of the AOP Education Working Group.

Ira Giorgetti

I am a photographer, entrepreneur and proud queer immigrant of colour. I love to shoot striking, dynamic and joyful photos that celebrate diversity, culture, gender and all the beautiful intersections in between.

Originally from the Philippines, I came to London in 2016 to chase my dreams, create a better life and tell the stories I’ve always wanted to tell. It’s been a bumpy road with a lot of twists and turns but I’m grateful for all the opportunities and good luck!

Being a Board member is an opportunity that will genuinely help me give back to the photographic community and show both new and long-standing members that being an outsider is something worth celebrating. I relish the chance to represent the views of younger, up and coming and underrepresented talent in a quickly evolving space that’s ripe for change and modernisation.

I truly believe the world we live in has so many wild and wonderful stories just waiting to see the light, and I can only hope that my contributions might serve as an example to everyone out there who don’t think there’s a place for their stories, their creativity or their vision.

Chantel King

London-based Chantel has a special focus on beauty & portraiture.

Chantel didn’t go to university immediately after school, but eventually did her art foundation at Middlesex University and then a graphic design degree at Buckinghamshire New University.

She built her own photographic experience and style for visual storytelling whilst working as a photo assistant, then progressing to producer and studio manager.

Her photographic style is cinematic, dreamy & intimate. Chantel loves experimenting, playing with different lighting techniques and styles. Her work has a beautiful cross over from soft and gentle to bold and dynamic. She just loves a pop of colour.

Her own commissions include shoots for Revolution Beauty, Stylist, Grazia, Hunger, Tush and Schon! magazines. Her portfolio also features portraiture for titles such as the Guardian Saturday, The Sunday Times Magazine & The Old Vic.

As a black female photographer, she is aware of the lack of people like her in front of and behind the camera, and she strives to strike a more inclusive balance within her work.

Sam Royston

With over 10 years of on set experience Digital Operator and Lighting Technician, Sam Royston, has worked on a wide variety of projects for some of the country’s leading photographers. From sports to still life, food to fashion Sam covers it with the same level of focus and attention to detail to ensure it’s completed to the highest level possible.

Shivi K

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Getting into Assisting

Getting Into Assisting and Best Practice In Assisting are two sessions brought to you by the AOP Assistants Working Group which aim to to shine a light on becoming an Assisting Photographer as a career choice on entering the industry and making the best impact as an Assisting Photographer. You can now watch previous recorded webinar sessions here

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