I have a few questions regarding working as a wedding assistant, so I guess I should tell you about myself first. I'm a 17 year highschool student male who wants to work as an assistant mainly for the real world working experience and for prints for my portfolio. My niche has been in skateboard photography so I am accustomed to shooting with 2 or 3 flashes at a time. Of course I have experience in other genres of photography such as portraiture and studio, but none in wedding photography. I am of young and of athletic build so carrying around equipment should be no problem, I'm also smart and well mannered. My gear consists of the following: Canon eos 1nhs with lenses covering 16mm-135mm. Yashica mat 124g with fixed 80mm lens. 4 vivitar 285hv's. Minolta scan dual IV for 35mm work and an Epson 3200 for scanning 6 x 6. I will also be able to develop and print black and white ( 35mm and 6 x 6). Now to the questions. What do pro wedding photographers look in an assistant, are the soley used to carry and setup equipment or used as another shooter. I am assuming you want a portfolio to review, if so what kind of images do you want to see. Would you hire someone like me who is young and has no experience in wedding photography assuming that their photography skills are up to standards. Would my gear ( or lack of maybe?) be a factor, or maybe that I shoot film? Also, how do I go about being hired as an assistant? i think that's all the questions for now, thankyou in advance. p.s. If there are any wedding photographers looking for an assistant in the Philadelphia area, feel free to email me. thanks.