Lots of photographers would love your help at a wedding, so don't be intimidated to ask! Volunteer your time to some individuals whose work you admire and see what they say. The worst thing they could tell you is "no," and, even then, you would still have the advantage of presenting yourself and just getting your face and name out there in case an opportunity does arise down the road.
Pass out your business card like it's free money! As long as you are accommodating, enthusiastic, and determined, an opportunity will come, and that will be an exciting day! As you start preparing for that second-shooting gig, there are several key things to keep in mind.
Wedding photographers can be hired from anywhere from a couple hours to an entire day. It's for this reason that you should come prepared. The primary photographer should contact you in advance and let you know the times he/she would like for you to arrive as well as a general idea of how you'll be helping. Based on that window of time and the responsibilities, you can prepare in a few ways. Here are some questions to consider:
The day of the wedding can give you all kinds of crazy emotions, but hopefully you've planned ahead. In that case, the rest will be smooth sailing! Don't believe me? I promise that once you get there, you will get into a rhythm and it won't seem half as intimidating as you might think. Trust your primary photographer, and dive in!
Once you arrive at the venue (hopefully several minutes early), take a look around and get situated with your equipment. Now's a good time to check your lighting and camera settings, and then jump right in an ask how you can help!
Have a fun story about the first wedding you photographed? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below! Did this post prove helpful in preparing you for your first second-shooting experience? I'd love to hear about that too!
And as a bonus, Katelyn James, an influential photog I've mentioned on here before, uploaded a free second-shooter checklist on her blog a couple days ago! Talk about perfect timing. For a limited time, you can download it and catch a little peek at her husband's method when he second-shoots with his wife at weddings! He talks about the types of shots he captures as well as the equipment he uses to do so!
Stay sweet and stay tuned, friends, you're doing great things! (Photographs from a recent wedding I second-shot with Christa Rene Photography.)
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