• USA, New York City
  • Born in:1985
  • 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, Fashion, Beauty, Reportage, Stillife, Food, Landscape, Transportation, International Exp.

Know How:

I am an experienced Lighting Technician and Digitech, comfortable in fast-paced environments, complex digital workflows and very used to multi-tasking and last-minute problem solving. I have pro-level knowledge / 15+ years 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. I am well-versed in DLSR and mirrorless camera-based VIDEOGRAPHY (Gimbals, sliders, jibs, hand-held video, etc.)
IMAGING / DIGITAL POST-PRODUCTION / VIDEO EDITING: Capture One Pro (23 and older versions), Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe 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. I have Dual citizenship (US / Germany) and driver's licenses for both countries.

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 2.5 years. I have strong productions skills domestically and abroad and 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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