Thursday, December 16, 2010

First time as a Second Shooter

As most of you may know, I assisted Damaris Mia this past Saturday with a fabulous wedding. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to shoot my first wedding & also second shoot for the first time all within passing my first year mark in the photography business. After shooting the first wedding as the primary photography I blogged about it here, so now I'm sharing my thoughts on this too. Hoping it can help someone who has never done it or will be soon! 

SIDE NOTE: Luckily for me, this wasn't the first time working with Damaris - she's very talented, sweet & definitely a rising star. Earlier this year she put together a styled shoot & invited me to join her, check it out here. It was a great learning experience for me and I am forever grateful D, I hope you know this. 

I never like to make my post go on for days, so I will do my best to keep it short & to the point. My duties as the second shooter were as follows:

  • Dress accordingly - this was discussed days prior through email
  • Ask primary for game plan of the whole day (don't want to smother with questions throughout the day) knowing before is key
  • Stay clear of main photographer at ALL times
  • Remember that you are there to compliment main photographer
  • Find different angles to shoot
  • Offer to carry equipment bags
  • Shoot candids of bride+groom and guest
  • During down time offer snack or energy bar ;)
  • Make sure primary is hydrated throughout the day
  • As primary was taking family formals, I was inside the reception hall taking detail shots of table settings, flower arrangements, cake, etc... *Note* If Naomi wouldn't have been there to assist with formals, more than likely I would have been helping direct family unless told otherwise  
  • Keep speaking to a minimal, unless asked for opinion or suggestions
  • ONLY pass out the main photographers business card

The bride & groom opted to do a first look session before the ceremony which left plenty of time for family formals and alleviated stress on their pictures, so I was asked to take the groom ahead and prep him to see his soon to be wife for the first time that day. It was a wonderful moment full of emotions. Image below was seconds before...

Cannot wait to share more from this excellent wedding, but as the second shooter, I MUST LET THE MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER BLOG HER IMAGES FIRST :)

If this post has been helpful, talk to me. I'd love to hear from you!

We are officially 15 days away from 2011~! HAPPY THURSDAY



  1. This was truly wonderful, B! You were the best second shooter anyone could ever ask for! Thank you!

  2. ohhhh how exciting!! i bet your images are amazing!! i can't wait to see :)
    I love his boot-n-neer! :)

  3. Thank you D!!! Your words really mean a lot to me... It was a pleasure working with you again :) xoxo


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