Second shooting is a great way to dip your toes into wedding photography and it's how a lot of wedding photographer get their start. It gives you the opportunity to see everything it takes to shoot a wedding. If you’re a photographer trying to get your foot in the door, second shooting is the perfect way to gain some understanding. I’ve been in the photography business for about 4 years now and I STILL love second shooting. No matter how much experience you have, you can still benefit from second shooting. I've also made some lifelong friends through second shooting. So today I’m sharing with you 3 reasons why I personally love second shooting!
1. It allows me to see a variety of venues. I have to admit I have so much fun when I go to new venues. I love seeing how brides transform venues to match their wedding theme. I also get to work with vendors I may not have met before. Working in the wedding industry, I’ve realized how important it is to make connections with other vendors. It’s always beneficial to have the support of other creative businesses! It's also super handy to be able to recommend vendors to brides and personally know the quality of their work.
2. I have the opportunity to meet other photographers. It’s always such an eye opening experience when I get to see other photographers working. I get to learn a lot about their style and how they approach a wedding day. I've picked up some tips and tricks from working with other photographers that I use today. I love meeting other photographers! It can be a little lonely working from home most days and it's wonderful to be around other people who get what that's like! I've made some really sweet friends and it wouldn't have happened if I didn't keep putting myself out there!
3. I get to capture different perspectives. Second shooters simply compliment the main photographer. While I’m second shooting, I get to capture moments that might not be the main focus of the wedding. The primary photographer gets to concentrate on the bride and groom, taking portraits, etc. Second shooters do not mimic the main photographer, they get different angles, different details, and have the opportunity to get more shots of the guests. Having a second shooter helps add variety to your wedding gallery!
I hope you'll consider adding second shooting onto your agenda. I promise you that it will be EXTREMELY beneficial! And it's fun, so there's that ;)