On Being a Second Photographer

There are so many perks to having a second photographer at a wedding! Having another person, another set of eyes, to capture all events from a different perspective; having a human back up to the primary photographer’s gear; someone to help with posing, wayward relatives, and floofy dresses; another set of hands to hold a reflector, a flash, or camera bag. These are just a few of many reasons why I always photograph weddings with TWO photographers and not just by myself!

Similarly, BEING a second photographer has its perks as well! As a second, I can be the eyes in the back of the primary’s head. I can catch details and guest moments they would miss because they are focused on the bride and groom. I am there to help, to supplement, and to infuse a bit of ME into the celebration. Lastly, because it’s not “my” wedding, I can play with the images in post processing and try out new styles, editing tricks, and new techniques without having to feel like I’m not delivering the same quality of work to my clients.

When I was asked to be the second photographer at a recent wedding in Winter Park FL, I jumped at the opportunity. I will post more pictures from this wedding soon (wait till you see how their reception hall was set up at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market!) after the primary photographer has posted her pictures, but in the mean time, I just wanted to share a few images that I played around with in post processing. I deviated a bit from my usual bold and colorful style to a calmer, film-esque look and feel. I had fun playing with some new (to me) Lightroom settings!

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius


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  • Josh Jones - Great shots Kristina! I may have to try out 2nd shooting sometime, I’ve never done it!

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