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2017 Second Shooter Search

Second shooting has been a huge part of my growth as a wedding photographer. It’s actually how I got started in this industry! It is the best way to learn about and experience a wedding day, sharpen your eye as a photographer, and enter into a mutually beneficial working relationship with another photographer. So rather than starting your own business and guessing through it, why not second shoot for a photographer who’s work you admire? Each year since I started my own business, I’ve reached out to photographers who also own their own business who are available and willing to second shoot for me. This has a lot of times meant that I have 7 or 8 different seconds each year!

Shadow Creek Wedding by Alisandra Photography

This year, I’m looking for 2-3 second shooters who are willing to shoot multiple weddings a year with me. Here is some information to keep in mind. If you read through those, and it is something you’d be interested in, please fill out the form below!

  • Servant Attitude. I feel strongly about this point. Being a second shooter is hard. Your job can range any where from grabbing water to holding my light stand during the sparkler exit, but also entering the groom’s getting ready room being willing to pin a bout! As a wedding photographer, I am in a service industry. As a second shooter, this is something you’ll need to embrace. We’re both there to serve my clients in whatever ways we can.
  • Teachable. This is someone who may not own good camera or a lot of lenses, but if they listen and learn and accept constructive critisism, they are gold. Second shooters need to be able to blend into the main shooter’s business not only in the way they approach clients and vendors, but also in the way they take direction.
  • Equipped. Ideally, you’d own all the equipment you’d need to be a wedding photographer. But if you’re not equipped in that sense, you’ll at least need to be proficient in how to use cameras and lighting. When my clients book a second shooter, they aren’t looking for someone who is learning – they’re looking for a professional.
  • Location. I shoot weddings all over the state, so you must be willing to travel.
  • Compensation. You will be contracted per wedding, and compensated by the hour of coverage.
  • Reliability. I will need you to be proficient in your gear and knowledge of the wedding day. You will receive specific assignments like, “Photograph the groomsmen getting ready,” but you will also need take initiative, ready to be ready for anything at any time. Wedding days can be unpredictable, and I need to know I can count on you!
  • Availability. Specific dates will be shared if I respond to your questionnaire, but most of my weddings are on the weekend, with a few Fridays.

If are interested in being considered, please fill out the form below [NOT the in the comment section]. If you feel you may not qualify for one reason or another, please fill out the form anyway. I’d love to see your work, get to know you and see if you’re a good fit! I will delete the form below on Friday, February 3, 2017 and be in contact with each applicant the following week!

Shadow Creek Wedding by Alisandra Photography

  • Thank you posting such a valuable opportunity. I have been tinkering with the idea of being a second shooter for years, but never put myself out there. I am ready to explore new techniques, meet new people, and learn more from industry leaders.
    Btw- I am in the progress of rebranding and updating my website, which should be finished by the end of February. I am excited, it’s been a long road, but a journey I have completely enjoyed.
    I look forward to 2017, great things are going to happen soon!!!

  • Hello!
    I am located in NJ and would love to be considered for any weddings you may have in NYC, or the tri-state area.
    Your work is beautiful!!
    I have been shooting weddings for 4 years.
    I second shoot and also book my own weddings.
    I currently do associated work for one company.
    If by any chance you are looking to open any associate opportunities for weddings in NJ or NY, let me know

    My website is above
    My Instagram: @monicamphoto

    Thank you for your time and consideration

    Monica MReplyCancel

  • Hi there! I’m still getting my season together but I love assisting and second shooting. Something about the feeling of helping out and feeling needed in the field that I’m in love with. I shoot canon and have a backup. I have all L series lens and I do have knowledge of ocf but could always use a few new pointers. Looking forward to speaking with you!!ReplyCancel

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  • Such beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lyla

    Hey good morning i saw you were looking for a second shooter id love to be considered im willing to travel and assist with all weddingsReplyCancel

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