I’m not an angry person, really. I’m mad in the way a mad scientist is in love with and obsessed with his work, staying up into the wee hours of the night to witness his latest creation come to fruition. I only get mad when working with demanding, high-maintenance, high-strung photographers who live by the I’m-right-you’re-wrong doctrine (which is quite often now that I think about it). Plus it sounded like a cool title to my blog.  

Hi, my name is Melanie Mann and I am a professional photo assistant. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with some of the top photographers on the west coast. From starting out as an intern taking workshops to now, I’ve worked with everyone from the assistant’s assistant to celebrated and award-winning photographer icons. Being a photo assistant is not a glamorous job, but you do learn a lot, not only the technical stuff and the ins and outs of being on set, but also about people and yourself. And it does have its moments (hey someone has to stand watch so no one sees that recovering A-lister with a bottle of vodka).

These are the stories no one gets to hear from the view of the lowly photo assistant–from plucking the gray stress hairs off of your boss’s wife’s head to chatting with John Paul Jones about smoked salmon eggs benedict. These are the tales behind the scenes behind the camera, the good the bad and the ugly. With highlights on who I enjoyed working with and tips on how to become a better photo assistant without going mad, in the insane-want-to-shoot-your-boss kinda way, of course. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy.


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