Indianapolis Wedding Photographer | casey and her camera
2014 was an interesting year for me as a wedding photographer. It was the first time I stepped out from behind the role of being the primary photographer and into the role of being a second shooter. I didn’t get started with weddings through second shooting – I know this is not the norm for wedding photographers and I would HIGHLY recommend second shooting FIRST for experience, portfolio building, and (quite honestly) testing the waters before you jump right in…. it just didn’t work out that way for me.
I shot my first wedding in (oh gosh… I’m not even sure I’ve got this right…) 2009? Things sort of spiraled from there. I shot a few more weddings in 2010, 2011, and 2012 all leading up to the official launch of my business (for a wedding) in 2013.
I worked with a second shooter for the first time in 2013. Having never worked with a second or as a second, it was an learning experience for me. Luckily, I had someone mentoring me and my second turned out to be AMAZING. I continued to work with second shooters throughout 2013 and into 2014 and at the end of 2014 I promised myself I would never work WITHOUT a second again. Although I will admit there are a few exceptions I make for small and backyard weddings.
What really made it all come together was working as a second shooter (for the first time in my wedding photography career) in 2014. I second shot three separate times and for three different photographers. It was almost relaxing to be on the ‘other side’ of things and to not be in control. At the same time, it was challenging. I’m a total control freak.
Regardless, here are the top 5 things I learned from being a second shooter.
Or in this case, she just happened to blend in so well and the crowd cheering for the newly married couple is what I was looking for as her eyes and ears. 😉
So there you have it – the five things I gained from working as a second shooter last year. I look forward to shooting as a secondary photographer again in the future, as well as working with my own seconds this year! Happy Friday!
casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Wedding Photographer specializing in family, couple, lifestyle, senior, and wedding photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.
Feb 6, 2015