second shooting weddings. what i learned.

When I met Jordan of Jordan Quinn Photograph at Jasmine Star’s theFIX, I was immediately drawn to her energy and welcoming personality. We started talked about me second shooting for her almost immediately since she’d been in the industry longer and I knew I could learn a lot from her, not to mention have a blast double teaming a wedding together. And this was before I had even looked at her work. When I actually got home and looked at her website, I KNEW this was going to be a great match.

Fast-forward six months and Jordan and I shot our first wedding together, and was my first time being a second shooter. While I’ve shot weddings on my own, there’s still much to learn, especially from someone of Jordan’s caliber.

Aside from having a great time with her in the same outfit, (“Oh hey…”), sharing a sandwich during dinner, and hanging out with the band, I learned a lot that I will take with me from this point forward.

1. Don’t be afraid to have fun and be myself. I think the biggest thing I learned from Jordan was to have fun at the wedding! Sometimes I get so nervous and focused at the task at hand that I forget to relax and have a good time. I have to remember that photography isn’t just my job, it’s my passion.

2. Build Personal Client Relationships: I learned that I don’t want to just be someone’s “wedding photographer.” I want to be the bride’s friend. I want to laugh and have fun with the bridesmaids while I make them look even more gorgeous than they already are. I want my clients to feel like they’re inviting a friend to the wedding who happens to take amazing photos…. not just that they’re hiring some wedding photographer they don’t even know. That’s the relationship I want with my clients.

3. Give my second shooters more direction. I really appreciated when Jordan told me exactly what she wanted me to do, what she was looking or in the photos, and what she needed from me. I’m definitely going to start providing my second shooters with more direction as to what shots I’m looking for and what they can expect.

4. Take control. One of the biggest moments of the wedding day that I dread are family formals. It can sometimes be intimidating to organize dozens of people that I don’t know into family portraits, especially when I don’t know Aunt Flo from Grandma Martha. I was also afraid of being too commanding and quickly becoming known as the bossy dictator instead of awesome photographer. But now I’ve learned that it’s best for everyone if I’m more assertive when organizing family photos. Bottom line, it’s faster for me to shoot this way and getting everyone over to cocktail hour quicker = happy family.

5. Selective Shooting. Don’t overshoot. In the end it only increases post processing time, and how many photos of the bride in curlers without make-up on do you really need?

Jordan, thank you so much for letting me second shoot with you!! I had a blast, learned so much, and hopefully we can work together soon…. Mostly because I’ll miss you if we don’t 🙂