I am an experienced on set film stills photographer. In a nutshell this means I have to photograph in and around the film crew. Still capturing key scenes, portraits and documenting the making of (BTS).
Sometimes time and budgets are tight and time is scarce. Although the use for onset photography is growing in demand with social media and the growing need for content.
A job that on the outside looks pretty straightforward is one of on set negotiation. It is the photographer who needs to jump in and establish strong working relationships from the moment they step on set. The bts photographer works alongside predominantly the camera crew, the director and wins over the attention of the 1st AD and doesn’t distract the talent. Many years of experience has enabled me to understand the flow of a shoot day and know when to identify shooting windows for particular set ups. Otherwise alot of content can be captured during the actual shoot using specialist sound blimps and mirrorless cameras.
My commercial clients sometimes provide a photography brief which gives a wish list of images to capture. This may include particular portraits or shots of the talent on set enjoying themselves to documenting any visitors who drop by.
In a nutshell. Every shoot is different! If you need an experienced on set stills photographer please get in touch. I drive all around the UK and sometimes very last minute!