My JAM Farewell


I’ve written more blogs than I can count since I started working at JAM back in the summer of 2014 and I can remember being totally mind-boggled the first time I tried to write one but I think this one may be the hardest..

It feels like only yesterday that I wrote My Year at JAM blog celebrating (yeah, you guessed it) my first year at JAM. And now, a year on, I am writing My JAM Farewell.

My second year at JAM was no less hectic than the first but the last 12 months has brought with it a whole new set of adventures for me personally. A new work venture with my genius old man, as well as channelling my inner Nanny McPhee to look after my incredible niece, means that it is time for me to step down at JAM HQ.

And so, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce a new vacancy at JAM!

Before you get too excited, Jules hasn’t managed to get rid of me completely… I will still be around as and when I can but we do need someone to fill in the gaps.

Jules is looking for someone to assist on shoots. I’d love to be able to write a detailed job description but to be honest, anything goes!

I’ve climbed trees, built beds in the woods, carried a LOT of camera equipment (without breaking any I might add), ran away from charging bulls, felt utterly responsible as I cradled a newborn, dived downstream to save an escaping teddy bear, caught flying baby poo as it shot across the studio.. I could go on!

Be sure to check out the My Year at JAM blog to get an idea of what the job might entail but very simply put we only have these requirements:

  • Flexible availability – Due to the nature of the job, we can’t guarantee a fixed number of hours or set times. And shoots can be ANY time of the day – sunrise shoots are so beautiful but they are very early, and very very cold!
  • Good with kids – most of our shoots are with children, and it would be your job to make sure they’re having a good time. Our kids are never told to smile for camera – we deal in real life smiles only!
  • Physically fit and able – it may not seem it but this is a physically demanding job. Chasing a 4year old through Ecclesall woods for 2 hours is better than any other work out I know!

And I guess it’s pretty important to let you know that you don’t have to know about photography or cameras but an eye for detail will definitely work in your favour! I had never picked up a camera before, and still couldn’t tell you the first thing about them. I promise you will have fun with this job but it’s not for you if you are hoping to develop your photography skills.

Initially you will be assisting on shoots – your role can include anything from restraint (I’m not kidding) to chief tickler, joke teller, leaf thrower and light technician (this just means trying not to blow away whilst holding the big reflector). But you will also be carrying equipment, setting up shoots, dismantling everything and then spending hours trying to find the lens caps that Jules has managed to leave on a bench, or under a tree or wherever she decides that day!

There is potential for this role to develop in the future, all depending on the projects JAM undertakes and how well you & Jules click!

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes. Fill in the form below and let Jules know a bit about you – who you are, why you think you’re fit the job, your availability, or anything else you think may be of interest.

Oh, and one more thing… A shared love of coffee & a good sense of humour will get you a long way!

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