I had the amazing opportunity to attend a second shooter workshop in Charleston, SC. back in January. One of my dear friends from college and former dance team member, Taylor Rae, was one of the instructors, so I jumped at the opportunity to attend. We spent all day of the workshop in the beautiful Gadsden House. The first part of the day was spent in lectures and each of the amazing photographers/instructors shared with us everything they knew about the industry - equipment, styling, etiquette, etc. - all geared towards being the best second shooter possible. The second part of the day was spent shooting at three stations that the photographers had set up and styled to give us a great example of what photographing an actual wedding would feel like. As the second shooter, your job entails photographing the reception area, getting detail and group shots of the groomsmen and groom, and accompanying the main shooter when taking photos of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and rest of the wedding and reception.
The setup was spectacular and gave us so many great real world examples. I've always thought about delving into the world of professional photography, but running it as my own business frightens me a bit, so being a second shooter is extremely attractive to me. After the workshop, I have no doubt that being a second shooter is exactly what I would love to do in my spare time. Unfortunately, one of things I realized through the workshop is that in the wedding industry, the equipment really does matter, and having a full frame camera and high end lenses is extremely important. So as of right now I'm in a bit of a holding pattern, attempting to save up for a better body and several key lenses. I am really excited though about using all the skills I learned in the workshop in the photos I will take in the meantime.
Below are some of the shots I took while attending the workshop. My group spent the most time at the first station, reception details, and by the time we got to the last station, bridal shots, the light was pretty dim so we didn't get a ton of shots but they are still some of my favorites.
Again, it was such a huge honor to be able to attend this workshop and learn from all these crazy talented photographers. So I would like to say a huge thank you to Dana, Jenna, Caroline, Sara, and Taylor for organizing such a great workshop.
Below are is the list of crazy awesome vendors that contributed to the workshop.
Florals - Branch Design Studio
Rentals - Ooh! Events
Hair & Makeup - Paper Dolls
Gown - Fabulous Frocks
Tabletop - Polished!
Linens - EventWorks
Food - Mosaic
Cake - Delicious Desserts