Three ways to be a good second shooter :: Portland wedding photographer

Between the weddings that Becky and I shot together last year, I had a fair share of being a second shooter, and then a fair share of having a second shooter. Here are three ways to be a good second shooter throughout the wedding day. The lead photographer will appreciate it, I’m sure!

Becky being an awesome model for me while I was testing some settings before grabbing my couple!

Becky being an awesome model for me while I was testing some settings before grabbing my couple!

#1. Act professional at all times.

You are an extension of their photography business, so don’t tarnish that by acting unprofessional, gossiping, or pulling out your cell phone during the day.

#2. Shoot opposite of the lead.

This is a really great way to ensure that there is a lot of variety in the photos! Be at a different angle than your lead, so if they’re in the aisle, try being off to the side. It’s also not a bad idea to shoot with a different lens than your lead is already shooting with.

#3. Try to catch the candids during formal parts of the day.

Becky always did an amazing job of catching the candid photos of the guests or the wedding party while I was doing the formal photos after the ceremony.


It’s always really important that before the wedding day, you have a conversation with the photographer you are working with about what their expectations are of you. That way no is surprised, and the day can go really smoothly!


If you have more tips to share, please comment below! 🙂

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