• USA, Los Angeles
  • Born in:1984
  • Assistant since:2014
  • Driving licence:Car
  • Personal car:personal car available
  • Passport:yes
  • Languages:English, Spanish

Photo Assistant, Digital Tech

Jonathan Labez

People, Portrait, Architecture, Fashion, Beauty, Reportage, Stillife, Food, Transportation

Know How:

I'm an LA digitech and photo assistant based in Echo Park.

• My focus (bad pun) is with Canon/Nikon/Fuji Cameras, with working knowledge with phase backs/cameras.

• I digi with my own kit using Capture One and use it in my own personal work. Experienced with Photoshop, Lightroom, i1 Display, Chronosync, Carbon Clone Copy, Zoom.

• Growing up, I built computers and parlayed that into being a technically savvy photographer/digital tech who you call at 2 am because something is broken or buggy.

• I'm

comfortable in-studio and location, thinking fast on my feet in either setting.

• Predominantly, I light with Profoto (monoblock or pack+heads), as well as Paul C Buff/Alien Bee lighting. I picked up a number of Profoto lights early in my career so I'd be comfortable working on set without hesitation. You can't learn without that hands-on experience.

• Rental packages on digikits, Profoto lights, a number of modifiers, and grip are available. I work with my clients and their budgets to make sure everyone's satisfied.

References as assistant / Career

I started taking photos around 2006 and moved on to shooting for skate magazines fresh out of college. From 2014 onward, I've dedicated myself to working in the photo industry, starting at MILK DGTL and branching out to become in-house digitech and first assistant for celebrity and pop photographer Vijat Mohindra. I worked on high-profile shoots for Gwen Stefanie, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, Nicki Minaj, Yahoo, and Creative Recreation.

Since then, I've done digitech/assistant work that has appeared on Popsugar, New York Times, Billboard, Complex, Angeleno Magazine, L'Officiel, Elle, GQ, Playboy, Harpers Bazaar, Angeleno, Paper Magazine, High Snobiety, BET, The Bond Agency, JBL, Puma, Nike, Nordstroms, Sephora, Thrive Cosmetics, KVD Beauty, Moon, Mercer + Prince, Diff Eyewear, Olivers People, Citizens of Humanity, House of Harlow, Hudson Jeans, Shebird, and Mangnlens.

I've continued my work in skate media, having worked my way up from freelancer to becoming Visual Director of Be-mag, a 25 year old skate magazine. I was voted 'Photographer of the Year' by ONE Magazine. I've gone on to photograph many of my childhood heroes and be respected by the community at large.

As I found my footing in the photo industry, I worked concurrently as an publicist for 14 years. I represented talent and brands who got editorial placements in outlets like Cosmo, Elle, Esquire, GQ, Esquire, Vogue, Vulkan, FHM, Maxim, Men's Fitness and Men's Health. I started with image requests at the start of this job and by the end was handling every aspect of the business - setting up shoots, creating campaigns, working with vendors and editors, talent relations, writing all press material, learning what makes or breaks an image. I gained invaluable lessons and gave me a clear insight into the life of an image, from conception to being published.

I hold a B.A. in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz.

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