I’ve been a little MIA since the New Year arrived but i’m back with a BAM!
I was fortunate enough to second shoot a WEDDING on VALENTINE’S DAY with my good friend at Joanne Knobel Photography. It was definitely an experience to be on the other side of the white dress as it feels like only yesterday DH and I began our own “Happily Ever After….” And i’ve enjoyed Weddings a whole lot more since celebrating my own :) You develop an entirely new appreciation for the time, energy and emotion that goes into creating a day to remember not only for yourselves, but your friends and family and for your children to ask about in the future aswell.
The pressure slowly built the week before the wedding. I met with Jo for a briefing, we talked through a rough timetable (most of which changed on the day!) and tossed around a few ideas (most of which also changed on the day!). I asked my trusty assistant, Google, to outline the finer responsibilities of a 2nd Shooter and I was happy with the role I was to play. First and foremost I wanted to achieve a few specifics –
- Be supportive – I really wanted to be of help, not a hinderance, on the day.
- Not get in any of Jo’s shots – I was careful to try and shoot from a different angle to her, usually at 90 degrees so I didn’t spoil any potential ‘Money Shots’ she may be framing (FYI – She got plenty, her work is beautiful!)
- Avoid Photo Bombers – children running through the background, street signs, trees & poles, the Bridal Party getting run over by cars! etc
- TELL STORIES – I”m not a Wedding Photographer. It’s not a a Gig I’m particularly suited to. But by being the 2nd Shooter I was able to stay true to my style and what I believe Photography is all about…. I captured details, families catching up, behind the scenes candids; genres I was comfortable with and feel passionate about….so I left the ‘People Posing’ to Jo ;)
My best piece of advice to anyone who finds themselves 2nd shooting a Wedding in the near future? Well, when you ask the Bride to borrow their precious DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING to set up a photo, ALWAYS return it to their finger as soon as you’re done!! Hypothetically speaking, if you leave it sitting in the bouquet, the gorgeus little Flower Girl may or may not pick up the flowers and skip around the lounge room with them……WHOOPSY DAISIES ;)
All in all, I think I achieved what I set out to. I enjoyed learning new tricks and watching another photographer go through the motions of a Professional Shoot. A huge thank you to Joanne Knobel and also to the Newlyweds, John & Nell. Thank you for sparing some time for me on your Special Day, spent with all your favourites. I wish you all the best for a happy and fulfilling future together, CONGRATULATIONS!