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  • USA, New York City
  • Born in:1975
  • Assistant since:2005
  • 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, Landscape, International Exp.

Know How:

Expert knowledge of Profoto and Broncolor, Nikon, Canon (on-camera), Tungsten, HMI, Kinoflo and LED lighting systems, Nikon & Canon DSLR, PhaseOne Medium Format, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic mirrorless camera systems. Extensive experience and knowledge of analog film cameras in all existing formats ranging from 35mm to 8x10 view cameras, film processing as well as analog and digital printing processes (color and black & white).

Well-versed in DLSR and mirrorless-based videography (Gimbals, sliders, jibs, hand-held video, etc.)
Pro-level expertise (Mac) with imaging software: Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere and others. I have traveled extensively and produced photo shoots throughout the U.S. and the world. Valid passport and driver's license. Most importantly, I consider myself courteous, adaptable, detail-oriented and quiet while doing it.

References as assistant / Career

I never went to art or photo school; I am completely self-taught. I first worked in the equipment room of Industria Super Studios in lower Manhattan which led to many freelance assisting jobs with 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 and first assistant to Rolling Stone chief photographer, Mark Seliger for 15 months and full-time first assistant to Annie Leibovitz for two years.

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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