Photography Assistants: The Many Faces of Phil Allison

August 28, 2015

A few blogs ago, I featured a story about Bruce Jones, one of my long time photography assistants.  Today, I have some interesting and telling photos of another long- standing and my current number one go-to assistant, Phil Allison.

Standing in for a 7 year old - Tolmar Pharma

Standing in for a 7 year old – Tolmar Pharma

Standing in on MD Anderson shoot for The Richards Group - Texas

Standing in on MD Anderson shoot for The Richards Group – Texas

Phil and I have worked together for 10 years or so, and he’s one of the hardest working, most reliable and loyal partners I could have. His  do-whatever-it-takes attitude has made every production run smoothly and saved my sanity on many occasions.

The pictures I am posting pretty much show Phil as he is – unpretentious, fun loving, (downright goofy at times), and bursting with energy. But don’t let that fool you. He is all business when it comes to making stunning photography with me and is always at the ready, even before I think to ask.

So, I’d like to present
The Many Faces of Phil Allison.


First we have “Stand-In Phil” doing what he does on nearly every shot,
standing in for the photo to do a check of the lighting & composition.

Standing in on Jerzees Ad for Woodbine Agency - Kure Beach NC

Standing in on a Jerzees Ad for Woodbine Agency – Kure Beach NC

Standing in for the Plumber for Cultura Agency

Standing in for a plumber on a Lowe’s shoot – Cultura Advertising Agency

US Virgin Islands Tourism - St John's - for JWT

US Virgin Islands Tourism – St John’s – for JWT

MD Anderson for the Richards Group - Texas

MD Anderson for the Richards Group – Texas


Next we have “Alter Ego Phil” representing the comic relief he adds to the shoot.
I know it seems wacky, but he creates a wonderful atmosphere of fun which enables everyone to have a relaxed shoot, which I consider to be the gateway to creativity.

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Standing in for a theatre kid on a Regions Bank shoot in Tampa, FL for Luckie Advertising

Standing in on MD Anderson Shoot for the Richards Group - Mexico City

Standing in on MD Anderson Shoot for the Richards Group – Mexico City

NC Tourism shoot for LKM

NC Tourism shoot for LKM

NC Tourism Shoot for LKM

NC Tourism Shoot for LKM


And then there’s “Assistants Just Gotta Have Fun Phil”

Schmoozing with the clients - Kure Beach NC

Schmoozing with the clients – Kure Beach NC (Phil is not wearing a shirt by the way)

Yucking it up Testing Underwater Camera

Yucking it up testing underwater camera in the Virgin Islands

Fight to the finish with the Art Director

Fight to the finish with Art Director on a Regions Bank shoot in Mississippi


And we finish with the signature “After Shoot Heel Click Phil”

Phil's signature move ends our shoot just outside of Yosemite National Park for TEVA Pharmaceuticals with Abelson Taylor.

Phil’s signature move ends our shoot just outside of Yosemite National Park for TEVA Pharma with Abelson Taylor.

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