I've been back... Meeting wedding photographer tonight!

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I've been back... Meeting wedding photographer tonight!

So I'm out of the loop, feel like I've been away for ages. If you all remeber, I was going on vaction for a couple weeks - just camping and then visiting relatives. We had a great time and it was so refreshing. No sooner did I get home, and got sick. Finally coming out of it though. Anyway...

I have committed to shooting my first wedding for a friend of a friend who was on a tight budget. It was pretty much me or nothing. This is happening Oct 3rd. I have been getting more and more nervous and am realizing this is it - there is only one chance here so I better know what I am doing! I want to be invisible at this wedding.

So I contacted the leader of a photography group here in Denver who offered up 2nd shooting opportunities to his members. I contacted him Tuesday and am 2nd shooting my first wedding THIS Saturday! We meet tonight to talk and go over everything. What are some good questions I can ask him?

Where do you want me during the ceremony, etc?
What types of shots are you looking for?
Is it ok to use flash?
Do you want me involved in the formals?

I have the schedule already - I'm so excited!

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What a great opportunity! I know you'll do great - just relax and have fun~!

Best,
GiGi

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you are going to learn so much! Awesome opportunity!

I would ask him what he expects of you as far as assisting as well as second shooting (does he want you to hold an off camera flash for portraits, or GOBO him with a reflector for some shots, or is it purely shooting.

Ask him if he wants you to focus primarily on details rather than making the shot. The photographer I work with has 2 cameras and she gets "the" shots. She wants me to focus on things like the hands, or grabbing candids of the family and guests during the ceremony since she's getting all of the bride and groom shots during it.

Ask if they want you to pay attention to the lens they're using and shoot the opposite (if they are shooting zoom, go wide angle, etc).

What I have found during wedding portraits. The 1st photographer is getting the perfect shot. She's at the right angle to shoot with the posing. So, I'm either standing beside her getting the exact same shots (which can be redundant) or I'm looking for little details moving around.

Ask him if it's OK to let him know if you have a great shot from a different angle, or if he would rather have you be the silent partner.

As far as the wedding that you're going to do for your friend. You definitely don't want to be invisible! THe photographer usually is one of the only people who is there with the couple from beginning to end. You generally are the one helping to keep the daily schedule on track. I'd recommend sitting down with the bride/groom and get their complete schedule for the day. Ask them for the list of all of the family posed shots they want done so you can organize and run through them in succession. If you want help organizing your day with their schedule, please PM me! I've learned how to plan the day inside and out over the last couple years of assisting and it was one of my main jobs to make sure that everything was going smoothly time wise.

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Thanks ladies!

Thanks so much for the great info Jen - that really helps! A far as being invisible, I meant during the ceremony/reception Smile I don't want to be running around like a chicken with it's head cut off trying to get in place for the right photos. All eyes on the b&g! The bride has already told me she's going to need me to be bossy - haha...
I had planned on meeting with them to go over the schedule, but hadn't thought of making the list of formal shots - great tip! I may need to hit you up as we get closer to the date - that's what I have been most nervous about (organizing everything with the schedule of events) - thanks for the offer!

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definitely don't hesitate, I'm happy to help!

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okay, I love this thread!!!! my cousin's daughter is getting married in a couple of weeks, and I just asked if I could second shoot with her photographer as practice. so I'm watching this thread because there's already great info here!

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hey, how did this go? I leave tomorrow morning for my cousin's wedding ... I got permission to shoot with the photographer, but I can't share his angle.

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Congrats! I'm so excited for you. I'm trying to get into 2nd shooting myself...though I don't know if I'll ever want to do a wedding on my own. SCARY!

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I don't have any suggestions, but just wanted to give you a virtual "high five" and say good luck! Can't wait to see the pics!!

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No advice here, just wishing you and Gwen the best of luck! KUP! Biggrin

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Good luck, Gwen!! I'm sure you'll rock it!!