• USA, New York City
  • Born in:1981
  • Assistant since:2008
  • Driving licence:Car
  • Personal car:no personal car
  • Passport:yes
  • Languages:English, French, Italian, Spanish, German

Photo Assistant, Digital Tech

Nick Ruechel

People, Portrait, Architecture, Location Scout, Fashion, Beauty, Reportage, Prod. Assistant, Stillife, Food, Landscape, Transportation, International Exp.

Know How:

MY PRIMARY FOCUS IS LIGHTING DESIGN & DIGITAL TECH WORK. I am used to fast-paced environments, complex digital workflows and very comfortable with multi-tasking and last-minute problem solving. I have pro-level knowledge and hands-on experience with most lighting systems including Profoto, Broncolor, ARRI (Tungsten/HMI), Kinoflo, LED lighting, etc. CAMERA SYTEMS: Sony, Fuji, Panasonic Mirrorless, Nikon & Canon DSLR, PhaseOne Medium Format, etc. Extensive experience with most analog film cameras in all existing formats ranging from 35mm to 8x10 view.

film processing as well as analog and digital printing processes (color and black & white). I am well-versed in DLSR and mirrorless camera-based VIDEOGRAPHY (Gimbals, sliders, jibs, hand-held video, etc.)
IMAGING / DIGITAL POST-PRODUCTION: Capture One Pro (22 and older versions), Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop/Bridge/Lightroom/Final Cut Pro X and various others. I have traveled quite a bit and worked on shoots throughout the U.S. and internationally. Valid (U.S & EU) passport and driver's (U.S. & EU) license.

References as assistant / Career

I'm completely self-taught and worked initially in various professional rental studios in Manhattan which led to a number of freelance assisting jobs with many notable photographers such as Steven Klein, Albert Watson, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Peter Lindbergh, Nadav Kander, Mary-Ellen Mark, Wayne Maser, Mario Sorrenti, Frank Ockenfels III and many others. I was full-time second, then first assistant to Rolling Stone chief photographer, Mark Seliger for 15 months and then full-time first assistant to Annie Leibovitz for two+ years. I consider myself adaptable, detail-oriented, punctual, courteous and quiet.

Annie Leibovitz, Photo Assistant, more than 1 year
Mark Seliger, Photo Assistant, more than 1 year
Frank Ockenfels III, Photo Assistant, more than 1 year


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