In the 30 years I’ve been shooting I’ve never quite had such a solid connection with an assistant as I did with Tyler. He became indispensable, which to a photographer like myself who needs serious help with this crazy industry that becomes a source you can’t live without. Tyler took care of everything from making sure the EQ orders were correct to making sure the super drunk fashion editor made it back to her hotel room safely. He was on top of the digi-techs, he was making sure the lighting set ups were accurate, he was making sure at all times, my camera was set at the proper exposure, he was on top of the dude responsible for ordering the food for the set, I mean, you name the task, he was on it.
But here’s the thing that one has to understand when you work in this industry, a good assistant is also looking to take his career to the next level. Unless he is signing up to be a professional assistant, there’s going to come that day when they want to move forward. And we understood that day when it came, as sad as it was, probably more for me just because I had really grown to love the guy. He was like my little brother and it was hard to see it end but I totally understood it. Even though, I will say, I’ll be on set nowadays and feel just a slight sigh of “wow, I really miss those days with Tyler”.
But you can all dry your eyes because the GOOD NEWS is Tyler is back with me teaching the Breed Academy Workshops! Tyler is on board with us on Day One for our intensive, advanced lighting portion of the workshop. He’s on hand answering any questions you can possibly think of about the technical aspects of the lighting and your camera. And then he comes back on Day Two to teach advanced fashion and beauty retouching. As you will hear in the podcast, Tyler and I are both big fans of keeping things simple. We teach you advanced skills in a simple, comprehensible manner.
We have a workshop coming up on November 14th and 15th here in NYC. We only have a few spots left so if you’re thinking about thinking about it you better get on it. We also have another workshop on January 16th and 17th in Los Angeles because who the hell wants to be in NYC at any point during January?? And THEN we are plotting the moves to hit Australia in February for not one but TWO workshops Down Under, February 20th and 21st being the first weekend workshop and February 27th and 28th for the second one. More information will be posted soon for this workshop so check for it on breed.academy over the next few days.
Below are some of my favorite images that Tyler not only retouched, he was there on set with me, getting the light just right, making sure my camera settings were on point and then enhancing the epic-ness of the imagery to finally produce the final product.
We’ll see ya’ll soon either in NYC, LA or AUS. And just saying but you sure don’t want to miss the after party. Just ask The Canadians that were at our last NYC workshop. They’ll tell ya’!