Making the Moment is an established, high quality, creative photography company based on the west side of Cleveland.  We’re fortunate – we have an awesome full-time staff of lead photographers who photograph anything from weddings, to graduating seniors to families to robots*. Our lead creative staff needs help though – our images don’t happen by themselves. We believe in teamwork here – and on most photographic assignments like to bring a partner in crime to help us out.

What the Job Is

You’d be the Robin to our Batman, the Luigi to our Mario, the Chewy to our Han Solo, the – ok you get it :). Our Lighting Directors / Photographic Assistants are folks who come and provide the helping hands that make our images possible. Whether it’s focusing and directing our off camera lighting, changing lenses on our cameras with lighting fast speed, or just helping us maneuver equipment around on a wedding day – we just need handy and attentive folks who are ready to help out and have fun.

You’ll Learn Mad Photo Ninja Skillz

We do NOT expect our Lighting Directors / Photographic Assistants to come in the door being super knowledgeable about photography or lighting (although it’s a plus if you are!) – rather we believe in training you as we go. Because the job isn’t about you actually being the photographer, you’ll have lots of opportunities to observe our master creatives as they work. You’ll learn lots from our creative staff here as we produce – we love to share in the knowledge as we shoot. If you’re the type of person that is interested in photography, expect to learn quite a bit.

Work When You Like

One of the cool things about this job is that we’ll offer you dates and assignments that you are free to accept or decline. Want to make a ton of extra money? Sweet – we can help you with that. Want to work only one or two days a month? Not a problem. We do insist that anyone on our team keep their commitments to an event they accepted – but you are free to accept as many or as little as you’d like.

It’s Freaking Fun

There is no pressure for you to produce photographic work on a wedding day – rather we’re asking you to assist in the team effort of creation. Under the photographer’s leadership and direction, we just ask you to be there with a helping hand and a good attitude. A majority of our assistants stick around from year to year, because they enjoy the fun of what our photographic shoots become.

Where Will I Work?

A majority of our weddings and photography assignments are in the Greater Cleveland area, as well as Toledo and Columbus, Ohio, so applicants based nearby these major metropolitan areas are highly encouraged to apply.

When Will I Work?

Most of our photographic assignments are in fact weddings – so our Lighting Directors / Photographic Assistants should expect to have most of their work be on Saturdays – with a Sunday or Friday here and there. REMEMBER – you do not need to work every Saturday (unless you want to make bank!) – you are free to only accept the event dates you’d like to based on what we have available.

The Skinny

We are looking for fun people, that have a strong sense of responsibility, are fun to be around, and have good energy to make it through longer shoot days. This is a contract / freelance position.  Contract position means that we pay per wedding a set rate based on your experience with us. Pay is by the event or wedding (not the hour) – and we offer a set rate for you. This rate will be negotiated after you are offered a job, not prior to or during the application process – but we pay fair and well.  You are 100% free to have other commitments – another job, being a student- anything that suits you!

Prerequisites

  • You are a responsible person – able to keep your commitments and show up on time
  • You have reliable transportation
  • You are in good physical shape – many events are full day wedding days
  • You’re a good & consistent communicator – we need people who can communicate well
  • You are kind, well-likeable, and have a professional demeanor
  • You are easy to get ahold of – via either phone or email

How to Apply

To apply – all you need to do is shoot an email to us using the contact form below.  If we like what we see and read – we’ll contact you – simple as that. We can then set up an in person interview in our Westlake, Ohio office.

Please – due to the volume of applicants we expect to receive we cannot respond to every single one. If we don’t respond to you – please understand we appreciate your application – but are not interested at this time.

If you have any questions – we’d love to answer… we’re anxious to hear from you!

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*All hail to our mighty robot masters!