5 Reasons to Second Shoot

A lot of photographers who own businesses love to help out other photographers and second shoot when they are available! I personally love second shooting, and wish I had more opportunities to do so! Here are five reasons why wedding photographers should second shoot for your industry peers!


Because every post needs a killer photo 😉

  1. No pressure.

    It is the greatest feeling to walk into a wedding knowing that there isn’t the pressure to nail every shot, and then have to deal with all the post-wedding activities, such as editing, making contact with the clients, etc. That doesn’t mean that I go into a wedding second shooting and don’t do the very best job I can, but it’s nice to know that the pressure is off of me, and I’m there truly to help assist the main photographer in any way I can!

  2. You get to be creative.

    This goes along with number one. Since there isn’t the same pressure to nail all the shots, you have the opportunity to get a little creative with your photos. Whether it’s capturing a different angle during formals, or trying something completely out of the box for you during the couples portraits, there are a lot of chances to try something new!

  3. You learn from other photographers.

    I’ve photographed with a few other photographers and each time I learn something new! Whether it’s a new way to approach the couples portraits, or a trick to help ensure your light stands are out of the way, you can learn SO much from someone else, regardless of how experienced you are! It’s even greater when you get the chance to second shoot with someone you really look up to!

  4. Gain more experience.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re not the lead photographer. It’s another wedding under your belt and more experience that you have to pull from!

  5. It can fill in open dates during wedding season.

    If you don’t want to book every weekend with a wedding (because that’s a LOT of work and time post- wedding), second shooting can be a great way to fill in some of those open dates and help stash away money for that dry spell over the winter!

Well, there you have it! 5 reasons why I love to second shoot! Photographers – do you have anything else you’d like to add?


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