Working with photo assistants can often make your life easier. Having someone who can do the heavy lifting for you can leave you free to concentrate on working with your client on a shoot. When you don’t have to worry about moving nightstands or doing light checks, you can put more effort into creating a memorable experience for your client.
Although it is desirable to work with an assistant, there are several reasons you might work alone. Sometimes, your budget doesn’t allow for the hiring of an assistant. Or, it may be the case that you have money to pay an assistant, but you’ve worked alone and pocket those funds for yourself. Other times, the location for the shoot doesn’t allow for extra people. It is also possible that you booked an assistant, but there was a last-minute cancelation, and you have to do the shoot alone.
If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, it is important that you can complete all the tasks required on the shoot without assistance. In this video, I detail a step-by-step process you can use to set up a roll of 9’ Seamless Background Paper by yourself. The paper is mounted on an Avenger Mini Boom Arm, which is mounted an Avenger C-Stand. You will also need an A-Clamp. I have used this method dozens of times, and I believe it will work for you as well.