Photography & Second Shooter

What in the world does this mean? I’d never heard this term “second shooter” until I started hanging with fellow photogs who shoot weddings. A second shooter is someone who assists and aids the hired photographer during a photography shoot.  Essentially a second shooter can fill in the gaps and help provide complete coverage of an event. If the hired photographer is shooting wide, the second shooter may want to close in on an event with a telephoto lens and vice versa. In the next couple of months I am going to serve as the second shooter for several photog friends during shoots (Meagan Fisher of MFisher Photography and Nancy Center of Joyful Moments Captured) and I am really looking forward to working with these ladies! The purpose of me doing this is to gain some experience and practice shooting weddings before I head out solo. Last weekend I got the opportunity to assist the talented Donna Tomlin on an engagement session. I was so glad that she asked me along and I got some great shots of this lovely couple. Sometimes it’s hard to find your place and know exactly what to do while second shooting, but all in all it’s a great way to learn and gain experience.

I shot the following pictures with my new Canon 70-200 f2.8 L lens. They say that that great photography equipment does not make a photographer any better but it sure doesn’t hurt!  And now here are a couple of shots from the engagement session with Donna Tomlin:

 

3 thoughts on “Photography & Second Shooter

  1. Wow, it sounds like you are on the right track of being out on your own, although with these photos, it looks like you are ready now! :) These are great! I especially love the first one in b&w with the future groom in the background. Wonderful! :)

  2. These are fabulous Rhonda. Landon and Carrie are going to love them. I can’t thank you enough for coming along with me. I’ve done 2nd shooting a couple of times and I know it can be difficult finding where you should be and what to shoot. Sounds like you have a pretty good idea and I know you will do a wonderful job.

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