Sometimes I joke that I love second shooting more than main shooting, I am half serious. It has its perks for sure. One being that in most cases you show up, you shoot, you hand over images and you go home. How easy is that? You aren't responsible for any of the pre-wedding prep or any of the post-processing and delivery. I shot this wedding at Maryvale Castle with one of my friends Brittney Nestle Photography. Brittney has done a few of our families portraits so working with her seems effortless and so much fun. Here's what I took away from this second shooting extravaganza-aaaa (over dramatic? a little? haha)
BE PREPARED TO TAKE CHARGE
I'd never walk into a wedding like it's my own wedding/couple and start acting like the main shooter and I sure hope nobody else has done that. Typically the main shooter handles bridal prep and the second shooter handles the guys. We were losing sunlight and Brittney went down to take the guys photos and asked me to finish up the bridal prep. If this were 3 years ago I would have thought 'Who? Me? Oh no...this isn't my wedding! Come back!" but now I realize that second shooting isn't just being the backup or getting different angles, it's a partnership and you do things alone sometimes and that's okay. There aren't any official rules.
YOU BETTER KNOW HOW TO SHOOT IN THE DARK
I've been working on lighting for as long as I have been shooting weddings. Every wedding is different and every wedding has a different timeline and lighting situation. So whether is be flash, off camera flash or using my camera settings I have learned to shoot in unfortunate lighting situations. Something very important to know when you are second shooting with someone else. Ultimately your images should match so the final gallery the main shooter delivers flows well together. If you're unsure about lighting or what you should be using just ask before you come so that you come prepared.