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!
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!