While taking photographs in the area of Maruyama Park, Kyoto, Japan, I had my first encounter with an aspiring photo assistant. It brought to mind Gregory Heisler's wonderful story about how he became Arnold Newman's assistant.
For this particular shot I wanted a low angle, so I set my tripod and began adjusting it. This immediately attracted my assistant. They start early in Japan. Here is how it works. The assistant stands directly in front of your lens and makes sure your settings are correct. Once everything checks out OK, his mommy swoops down and removes the assistant.