As you know, I second shoot for Amy, quite a lot, and, I LOVE IT! But when people hear that I “second shoot” they mostly just shake their heads and say “oh, that’s cool”. Most of the time, I am sure they have no idea what that means. Well, lucky for you all, I’m going to share with you what that means. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE being the lead photographer and shooting solo but the pressure is totally different when shooting for another photographer. The deal when working with Amy is that I hang with the groom and his guys, and photograph them getting ready. No, no, no, I do NOT watch and stare as they get dressed. I’m there to capture the fun, anxiety, jokes, the best man trying to chill the groom out, you know, the fun stuff. Cuff links, shot glasses, shoes, head shots, group photos, ties, and nervous smiles. Here are a few examples…
The other part of second shooting is photographing the details. I have to admit, this is my favorite part of the job. Flowers, rings, jewelry, church decor, reception details such as glassware, cakes, favors, place cards, and did I mention flowers??? Usually while Amy is photographing some of the formal shots, I run (and yes, most of the time I RUN!) to the church or ceremony spot and then the reception area to shoot those details. It is mostly me, myself, and I, alone with the details, in the calm before the party, and I just soak it all in.
And, from time to time, I do get to shoot some of the formal shots and hang out with the ladies.
No matter what I get to photograph as a second shooter, I learn a ton, every. single. time. And, every opportunity I have to work with other photographers, those experiences make me a better lead photographer, which I LOVE! I really do have the best job ever, well, jobs! 🙂
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