Second Shooter Guide

Hello friend! I'm looking forward to working with you!

I realize that all photographers have different expectations of their second shooters, which is why I made a guide just for you so you can better understand why you are so very important. 

You are not just my backup body, or my backup camera. 

You are also not there to be my BFF to chat with (and I say that with love).

You are there to capture the other half of the story. The parts that I cannot be present for (the other partner getting ready) and the parts that I will inevitably not be paying AS much attention to (reactions and guests while I'm focusing on the couple). 

Below are images that I have taken myself, that I expect my second shooters to be able to capture, along with a little description of why they are so important to my brand and also the couple. 

 
 

Found Details

No need to spend 20 minutes styling details unless something is specifically requested. I prefer to photograph details in action, that way these details are still part of their story, and we're not pulling our attention away from the main attraction (the people). Action shots of grooms putting on jackets, tying shoes, adjusting ties. If you're with a bride, please hang the dress up to photograph it. Everything else can be in the moment. Bride getting into her shoes, and putting on jewelry. 

 

Opposite Portraits

AKA whatever I do, do the opposite. If I'm shooting with a 50mm, you use an 85mm. If I'm shooting from the front, you shoot from the side. For every "pose" we do, they should receive a variety of angles.

 

Perspective

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