The Photographer's Guide To Second Shooting A Wedding

Who is this guide for? 

  • Wedding Photography studios looking to hire second shooters
  • Photographers looking to get into wedding photography by second shooting
  • Are you not sure if wedding photography is for you? Are you interested in learning about becoming a second shooter but have no idea what that entails? If you have these questions, this guide is for you!
  • Do you already shoot weddings and are thinking about adding a second shooter to your team? Not sure what to tell them and how to lay it all out in a way they will understand? This guide is also for you!

This guide is essential for any wedding photography studio. If you are thinking about hiring second shooters, this guide is the perfect tool to send to them to let them know the expectations and roles of a second shooter. 

We’ve also made it easier with some great applications and questionnaires to send to them as well!

This guide is written from a second shooters standpoint. Let Bailey guide you through several wedding days as the second shooter. She is our main second shooter and also a primary associate shooter for Brooke Photography.

Photography Level: Beginner

  • Topics Covered:

    • Expectations of a Second Shooter
    • Go through 4 different types of weddings with side by side comparisons about how to shoot, where to shoot, and what to do to ensure the primary shooter gets everything they need.
    • Primary and secondary shooter duties on the wedding day
    • Must have wedding shots
    • Who owns images
    • How to get started second shooting
    • Why it is important to have a second shooter (for your benefit and for the client's benefit
    • Camera settings

    This product also includes a second shooter questionnaire to give to the primary shooter to ensure you know what your responsibilities are for the wedding day.

    And a bonus questionnaire for a primary shooter to give to the second shooter to help delegate responsibilities and tasks so everyone is on the same page. We even included an already filled in sample of this, so it will make it a BREEZE filling out!

    We’ve also just updated and added a second shooter application, great for every wedding photography studio to send to potential second shooters.

    All questionnaires includes emails to include when sending the questionnaires and contracts to the recipients.

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