A few weeks ago my buddy Tommy, from Thomas Pellicer, texted me and without many details given he asked if I was available to help him out for an upcoming wedding at Rancho Las Lomas. My schedule was open and I quickly told him, "I'm in!" I've known Tommy for a few years now and this was our first time working together. It was a pretty cool day as he asked me to hang out with the groom and groomsmen and cover their details and formal images prior to the wedding ceremony, while he was with the bride and bridesmaids.
WHY WE OCCASIONALLY SECOND SHOOT FOR OTHERS
As Gina and I primarily shoot weddings as lead photographers, we occasionally work with our colleagues to help them out when they need it. We do this for a few reasons:
- As lead photographers, we all need help at one time or another and as our schedule permits we lend a hand to support each other
- It challenges us to work on our photojournalistic techniques without the pressure to capture the main events during the wedding
- The lead photographer is only one person, so having a second set of eyes allows the client to get some awesome images from different angles
SIX VALUABLE TIPS TO BE AN AWESOME SECOND SHOOTER
Without further ado, here are some valuable second shooter tips I gathered from my most recent experience:
- Make the primary photographer's job easier; don't be too proud to carry their bags/equipment
- Set your ego aside and shoot what the lead photographer needs you to cover
- When shooting in the same space, shoot with a different lens to give the client a different perspective
- Be ready to shoot as if you were the primary photographer
- Self-motivation is key; anticipate the emotions during each part of the day as the primary photographer will most likely be capturing the essential parts of the day
- It's common courtesy to ask if you intend to use them for your own portfolio
DETAILS AND THE "IN BETWEEN" MOMENTS
Primary photographers rely on second shooters to get the details the bride and groom have taken countless hours and effort to make sure everything is perfect for their day.
By the way, how cool are those personalized glass flasks for the groomsmen?
Again, these are based on my experience and I hope these help you to become a better second shooter. I also want to say thanks again to Tommy for letting me hang out and rock this beautiful wedding!
Much love and Congrats again to Roxanne and Michael!