Friday, 4 October 2013

Being a second shooter

A few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend I was interested in becoming a wedding photographer. She was kind enough to put me in touch with a friend, Jeannie, who's profession is that of wedding photography and Jeannie was even kinder to invite me along to a wedding she was shooting that weekend! I felt incredibly lucky, nervous and excited all at the same time. Having not actually been to a wedding for about a year, I had all sorts of questions running through my mind, but I figured confidence was the best thing I could have. 

The wedding was close to Blackpool and Fylde. I felt calm on the way, knowing that as a second shooter and perhaps as an assistant to Jeannie, the responsibility wasn't entirely mine. I would still need to maintain professionalism, and not get in the way of the main photographer, but help if I could, and it turned out to be a fantastic experience.  Jeannie made me feel right at ease from the start, answering any questions I had, and told me what the day would consist of, so off we went!

Arriving at the church, Jeannie double checked with the vicar where and what we were allowed to shoot. Bearing in mind, at this point I was working with my Nikon 3200, a kit lense and no speedlite (external flash), I struggled a lot in the church to get any photos that weren't grainy due to not being able to use my flash. Having since purchased a speedlite, I'm really excited to try it out in dimly lit areas to see the difference, and this should really help next time.

Jeannie kindly lent me a tripod to use, however having not used one before, I wasn't aware the legs could extend!! So spent most of the ceremony knelt down... Now i realise perhaps why I was getting a few funny looks from the guests. But hey ho, you live and learn! 

After the ceremony, I realised how important it is to be a dominant figure, to earn the respect of the wedding guests so that they will listen to your instructions when necessary. Jeannie wanted to get a picture of all the wedding guests outside of the church. Bearing in mind the road is parallel to the entrance, we were lucky to not have too much traffic that day, as to fit everyone in meant practically standing in the middle of the road! A parked car and a lamppost didn't aid matters either, but you have to work with what you've got. 

Whilst the majority of the guests moved on to the next venue, Jeannie and I went with the newly married couple and a few close family and friends to the band stand on Stanley Park. Here was where I realised how important lighting is. The weather was a combination of on-off rain, and glorious sunshine! Constantly having to alter our settings to fit whichever the weather decided to be, but you just have to work with what you have. You can see the variety of lighting we had throughout the photos.

All in all, it was a great day, I learnt a great deal from Jeannie working along side her, and hope to get the opportunity again.

I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on the photos. 
thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Alice, a nice well written piece. The pictures look nice and you can certainly tell the difference in settings used. Some of the group pictures could have benefitted from better posistioning of the people and possibly the angle the picture was taken at but like you said you have to work with what you've got!! Very proud of you for pursuing your interests! :) xx