So how exactly are you going to be the best second shooter you can be?
Read below for my 8 tips for being the best second shooter and the insights I’ve gained from being one myself!
Back when I first started photographing weddings, I was completely confused as to how I would even start. I also didn’t really have much of a wedding gallery portfolio either. The only real experience I had with weddings was what I had gained from being a wedding coordinator.
So my first step was to gain portfolio content- cue the styled shoots.
Next, I needed to gain the experience- which is where offering up myself as a second shooter came into play.
A lot of who I am as a wedding photographer is due to them and I’m five-ever grateful. I’ll also add in that there are MANY ways to become someone’s second photographer- some paid and some unpaid. Now if you don’t have any (or very little) wedding experience, you should expect to be doing it unpaid [sorry but it’s true]. And a lot of times, you can start out by offering to hold gear for other photographers or even offering to be a 3rd shooter [basically just shooting for your own content and experience]. Additionally, there are facebook groups dedicated to this type of thing! You can join them and offer yourself up as a second shooter to photographers in your area. Sometimes you can even answer a ISO [in search of] post on instagram!
Now this year, I’m VERY fortunate to be able to hire MY OWN second shooters [WOO HOO!] and this is actually where I got the idea to write up this blog post with tips and tricks!
These are just a collection of helpful tips that I’ve either implemented myself or heard from other photographers who have been second shooting for a bit. Are there any ideas I may have missed? Leave them in the comments or send me a message. I always love learning how I can better serve the photographers that I shoot for!
A little added note to all couples hiring wedding photographers in the future and considering adding 2nd shooters- DO IT. Second shooters help your day run so much smoother, help make sure that the special details are fully noted, and ensure that the candids are plentiful. Having another photographer there to add a different perspective ensures that nothing gets missed during your big day.
Did you find any of these tips helpful? Let me know! Are you a future bride or groom who are now settled on having a second shooter at your wedding? Let’s chat! (and p.s. all of my full service wedding photo packages come with one already included!)
Scroll through this beautiful wedding that I second shot for the amazingly talented – and well traveled – The Big Day Photography. She is SO incredibly kind and helpful and I wish I could follow her around at EVERY wedding. PLUS, she attracts the most beautiful and kind couples – like these two here who said “I Do” at The Orchard in Hood River– a gorgeous fruit orchard with a perfect view of Mt. Hood.