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Photographers: Best Practice In Assisting

Maximising your opportunities as an Assisting Photographer.

In this online session we will focus on the benefits of being an Assisting Photographer and how to .

Following on from their previous Getting into Assisting webinar, our panelists including Adam Shaw, Sarah Hogan and Ira Giorgetti will discuss;

  • How Assisting can be a career in itself,
  • How it can offer more revenue streams, i.e different avenues, digi op, lighting tech, retouching.
  • And, how like a paid apprenticeship it offers the opportunity of learning on the job and developing all the skills you will need for a successful career in our creative industry.


Presented the AOP Assistants Working Group

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Time: 19:00 GMT (1:30hour)

Location: Online via Zoom



In this webinar we aim to shine a light on becoming an Assisting Photographer as a career choice on entering the industry. Welcoming three special guests we will discuss the crucial benefits of getting into assisting, providing an overview on where best to focus your progression as a photography graduate. You need a myriad of skills when taking your first steps into the industry, both in relation to technical and soft skills, assisting is a great way to obtain this all-round experience by assisting a range of different photographers. As industry experts in their field, our guest speakers will be sharing their insights and experience as assistants, and why they see it as the perfect route into the industry.

Join host Ira Giorgetti AOP Assisting Photographer member, Board Director and Chair of the Assisting Photographers Working Group, and a Portrait, Lifestyle and FashionPhotographer living in London.

With Guest Speakers:

Sarah Hogan

Sarah is an interiors, portrait and still life photographer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Moving frequently between three different countries and a degree in Mixed Media Arts. Her personal work often has a playful colourful element, surrealism and Bauhaus being my favourite movements. Sarah has contributed imagery for international magazines like Elle Decoration, Living Etc, House & Garden, Harrods magazine and more. As well as commercial clients like the White Company, Mamas & Papas, Boden and Ikea, she has photographed some of the UK’s most stunning homes working with high end Interior designers and architects. Sarah has co-authored Bold British Design, a book all about the fearless workspaces and homes of some of the UK’s best creative interiors talent.

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.


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.

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