If I am not scheduled to photograph a wedding of my own, I’ll often take a position as a second shooter for one of a few other local photographers that I am friendly with. These photographers are the same photographers that will second shoot for me at my weddings. For me, it’s a great way to see weddings a little bit differently and to shoot without all the pressure of being the lead photographer. It’s quite a bit different acting as second photographer. Often the second photographer will spend the time with the groom getting ready rather than the bride. The lead photographer always takes precedence as far as their shooting position. It’s the second shooter’s job to be out of the lead’s shot, as well as to get supplementary images that compliment the lead shooter, instead of copy.
I do several of these each season, and i enjoy working in this capacity with other photographers. It allows us to see how each other works on the wedding day, and we also engage in a little friendly competition throughout the day as well. I think that the friendly competition is only a good thing for the couple getting married because they get better images out of it.
These images were just a few of my favorites from last season second shooting for other photographers.
The above images are my images, but were shot under the main shooter at their own weddings. I am posting these here with permission from the other photographers.