Behind the Scenes of a Second Shooter

Behind the pretty wedding, images are photographers with a timeline in hand, a camera around their neck, and a permanent smile on their face because wedding days are literally the best. {for guests + vendors!}

And that’s the truth! I enjoyed every single moment of second shooting my first wedding. I tried to soak in as much as I could.

I’ll start from the beginning. While the wedding party is getting ready, it was the perfect time to grab the rings, bouquet, wedding dress, and other sentimental pieces. Personally, I loved seeing the items that were chosen to be a part of their special day. {the bride had a gorgeous hairpiece that was a dream to photograph!}

I felt extremely fortunate to tag along with Kyle and Emily Gutschow from Kyle and Emily Photography. They were helpful the entire day and really focused on giving me tips to capture a wedding day!

While we were photographing the detail shots, the bride and bridesmaids were finishing up their hair and makeup. {this made for perfect time to capture a few getting ready shots before we took photos of the bride and her bridesmaids}. 

As a second shooter, I had areas where I knew I could help. One was setting up the detail shots which is where my product photography knowledge came in handy. It was also perfect to have Kyle take the lead on all the images so I shot more of the candid shots. {one tip that was helpful for all of us is that the entire wedding, the wedding party was instructed to always look at Kyle’s camera. this made it easy for the wedding party and especially eliminated the number of images where people are looking a different way.}

During the wedding, I focused on the wedding party and the bride + groom. I used a 50mm f/1.4, and Kyle used a telephoto lens. His images were amazing especially in the church where the lighting wasn’t ideal. The telephoto lens was great for capturing the wedding party procession and of course the entire church sitting to celebrate with the couple.

If I had to choose my favorite part of the day, it would be after the wedding! We were able to take family photos and bridal portraits during golden hour. Emily took charge with posing and the shot list, which made it easy for everyone to know who to take direction from.  

I enjoyed working with Kyle and Emily because they had a good sense of what the couple wanted but also added their expertise in all areas. For instance, the bride and groom wanted a first look where the groom was blindfolded. Emily took that request and choose the perfect location! The bride and groom were able to talk before the ceremony without the groom seeing her.

If you are interested in learning more about wedding photography, I can say second shooting was extremely helpful for me. I have been to a ton of weddings as a guest but never paid attention to what photographer do during the wedding. Is it a lot of work? heck yeah. Is it something you need to be mentally prepared for? yessss. At the same time, it was the perfect way for me to learn about a different niche of photography. If i’m being honest, I would do it all over again!

Lastly, I will share a few of my favorite moments. 

Jason + Carla’s first look.

Minutes after the wedding.

The Bouquet Toss.

the Aunt was like “hand over the bouquet”! {haha}

Lastly, the sparkler exit!

What’s your favorite part of a wedding? Leave it in the comments!

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