I’ve had a plan to blog about second-shooting through my perspective, but I have had a hard time coming up with what to say. Don’t get me wrong, there is a LOT to say about second-shooting weddings, but I couldn’t figure how I wanted to say what I wanted to say. I decided to write this post as my experience and photography journey combined with a few tips for those who are interested in second-shooting.
When I lived in Fayetteville, I only ever shot portraits. Senior portraits to be exact. I LOVED it, but I was sort of isolated- I didn’t collaborate with anyone and I felt like it would be wrong of me to ask for help. Everything I learned, I taught myself. I even practiced my techniques and editing styles on my very photogenic puppy 🙂 (sidenote: if you are interested in photography, seriously practice on anything and everything!!). I loved working with seniors and still-do, but once I knew I was moving to Little Rock, I knew my business would not be the same. I had a niche in NWA, but there were so many talented photographers in Little Rock and it was a little scary joining those forces.
About 6 months before I moved, another photographer posted on a facebook forum that she was looking for a second-shooter. I immediately jumped on the chance to apply, not really because I was interested in shooting weddings, but because I wanted to make a connection and meet other professionals in my new city. We agreed to meet at a Starbucks a few weeks before we were to shoot our first wedding together and the rest is history. Literally.
Kati Mallory and I have been shooting weddings for nearly two years now and not only have I gained such a great friend, but I have learned (and continue to learn) so much through this experience. I have learned how to use a flash, how to interact with more than one subject, how to shoot in different lighting situations, how to shoot with a moving subject, how to get better composition, how to use a macro for those AH-mazing ring shots and so SO much more. I have also been lucky enough to experiment with and practice with film (read: only if time allows!).
In return, I really try to help the day run as smoothly as possible. Whether it’s running out to the car for equipment, setting up equipment, holding bouquets, etc., I’m there to support as much as I can! My main job, though, is to tell the beautiful story of the day from another perspective. We have shot over 20 weddings together and through this, I have kept a mental list of what to do and not do when shooting:
I have learned so much through working with other people…it’s made me more confident in my own abilities, it’s stretched my comfort zone and it’s taught me that photography doesn’t have to be a cut-throat business. Some people are confused as to why I don’t just start shooting weddings on my own and for me, this is a personal decision. I really really enjoy second-shooting weddings and it’s just not the right time for me to branch out on my own. Maybe in the future or maybe never. I do, however, LOVE working with seniors, families, babies, and couples so if you are interested in one of those sessions, hit me up!