I am FOR you NOT against YOU.......

Second Shooters this is for you.....Hell even if you have just assisted me, this is for you....

OK, see the image below.... I DID NOT TAKE THIS SHOT...... I love it, I took a different angle of it but this one is not mine... This Image by Copyright standards belongs to Andrea Henderson of Khapture Photography.  Pretty awesome huh! Well you may never see this image due to the fact that most photographers will not allow second shooters to post the images they shot except maybe for their website. We all know social media such as Facebook and Instagram is where we spend most of our time browsing for images or what not. So unless you know the photographer, its gonna be a slim chance you don't get to see their best work.
 

Khapture Photography 

Khapture Photography 

So I was blessed to be able to show most of my work to Instagram or FB when I would second shoot for a few local photographers, some yea NOT SO MUCH.
 

Here is another from  Amber Balous who also helps second shoot with me. I think I was taking pics of some details or maybe a different angle but this here, yea! Awesome 👏🏼 

Amber Balous Photography

Amber Balous Photography

I guess my post is mainly about just letting future shooters know that it does not matter to me that you post what YOU shot.  After all its YOUR shot and your shooting with me for a reason... I like your stuff and I hope you get as much work in the future off of it as you can...
 

My Pastor at Shoreline City in Dallas just spoke about this just this Sunday. He stated that, How can I hold onto something that I have been blessed with and not pass it down. How can I ask them to help me shoot but limit them in return? The Lord blessed me with the opportunity to have a couple allow me to photograph their wedding or event and in my contract it states that I can post images from said event on social media, but yet I'm going to limit my second shooter and say "Hey by the way, you can't post any image you took till 3 months after I have given the couple their images". WHAT!
You know we have different angles and focal lengths we shoot at so more than likely your not gonna get the same shot I just took.  To my clients, I couldn't be everywhere at the same time and you know I didn't take the same first dance from all angles at the same time. I had help. Its hard to get work doing something creative, so if you see your face on someone else IG or FB page, its ok I know about it.... 80-90% of the images are coming from me. The editing....yup me.   

Lisa Cheng Photography

Lisa Cheng Photography

So I would just like to say thanks for all the help and anyone who extended help when I needed it. I didn't pull up too many images from all the Photographers who have ever helped me but if you have helped me.....I want to see you post YOUR work...You don't have to say you got the image shooting with me, because that didn't matter just post it. 

Second Shooter Angle

Second Shooter Angle

So again, I am for you, not against you. Not I am for me and only me.  I don't do it all alone and the people that help me should not be asked to have to limit their work to 1 or 2 post months later to show their work.  You were blessed, bless someone else. It's ok. The client is gonna love their whole gallery regardless. 

*Note
The Black Mamba is one of the worlds most deadliest snakes. 

Do I NEED a Second Shooter?

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So do you need a second shooter? Well that depends on who you ask? Ask a bride on a budget and they will tell you, no its not needed. Ask a prima donna photographer and they will tell you they can cover everything and no, they don't need one either. Ask a guy that is needing work and trying to build a portfolio and they will tell you yes, of course you need one. 

Ask me a while back, and I would of told you yes, yes you need one. Why? Well because I was the last guy I just mentioned. I was the guy struggling to get bookings and stuff to show. I was the guy still learning how the flow of a wedding went down. I didn't matter how many tutorials I watched, It didn't matter how many YouTube videos I stayed up till 3 in the morning watching.

Its not the same as going out there and shooting. 

Do I still second shoot? Of course I do and I love it. Why? Well because I know the main photographer can depend on me to get the shots they don't always get. There are a handful of well know photographers that work as a team that have acted as second shooters some way such as Lin & Jirsa in California,  TWO MANN Studios, who is a husband and wife team made up of Lanny Mann & Erika Mann out of Canada, There is Easton & Laura Reynolds who make up LuRey Photography, and Ben & Erin Chrisman who make up CHRISMAN Studios. Even Well know Jasmine Star who brands herself as a solo photographer has her husband JD for a second shooter. These are all well respected Wedding Photographers that work as a creative team to give the Bride and Groom the best experience they can give. 

The Key word is CREATIVE TEAM. Throwing ideas back and forth, asking what works and what doesn't, challenging each other to get "THE SHOT", pushing for something better, something different. 

What is a good reason a bride can relate to needing a second shooter? Well how about letting moments go by. Moments that were caught but maybe from one angle or it was caught but an iPad was sticking out in the isle as the bride and groom had their first kiss we've all seen that photo of the groom leaning over to see his bride because of all the cell phones. We can't control every situation and we can't be in all places at one time. Trust me, Ive tried!

The image above of Will dancing with his mother is a great shot and shows the joy and love he is feeling on his wedding day. I captured that! I mean look at his smile. Its end to end! Badass if you ask me! I love it, Im calling my mom right after this. (Not really its late but shout out to my Mom!)
Ok, one thing is missing. What in the world is his mother feeling at that very moment? Is she crying? Is she sad? Is she as happy as he is? Well take a look below.

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That shot above would not have been captured if it wasn't for my second shooter. I mean I got the shot of the groom but doesn't having the photo of his mom make it even more special. I think so. Talk to me years from know when they are 60 and tell me it don't mean anything.

SO, the image below..........

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Victor Escandon Wedding

We only got two pictures of this lady. She sat down most of the night. I captured both of these second shooting for a great photographer friend of mine Rick Davila. He didn't catch her and if you know Rick you know he don't miss many moments.
This is the grooms aunt. He was so happy we caught these!! Unfortunately, she passed away that Monday morning. Thats right, two days later!
The top image is during the dollar dance where generally the main photographer will cover the bride and second will cover the groom, and the bottom image is of her son and her dancing. They danced one song and stayed on one side of the dance floor which at the time I was covering.

Do what you need to but please think about it really hard when you pass up a second shooter opportunity. Maybe you can cut back on something else? The limo or on the food, a cheaper cake, but don't miss out on the opportunity of coming up short on moments. After all, we can only be in so many places at one time.
If your reading this and you second shoot, please don't take second shooting lightly.  The images you capture may be so much more meaningful come that Monday morning.

 

So What do I Get?

A lot of times people purchase things or are about to purchase something and if your like me you scroll down to the details and click on the "What's In The Box" section. All in hopes of getting more than we purchased. That little nugget that makes you grin inside and appreciate the purchase more. It's not a make or break deal because you really liked the product or company maybe even the customer service was second to none so buying it was already a must.  

Victor! What's your point? Ok, I was looking at some photos that I took of an event and at the time I took the pictures I looked at the back of my camera and knew right off the bat it was missing something. Said picture is below. 

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Ok, so not bad. So Vic what's all this talk about added value?

Well I decided to reach in my bag and pull out a few things and walked back over to my table setting I was shooting. Had a buddy do a few things, set up and extra flash with a gel to add some pop to the scene. As you can tell from the above picture this particular spot had no up lighting so....... I created some.  

Behind The Scene Shot

Behind The Scene Shot

Here, with some good help I am creating a smoke effect so the colored light pops against the image. Below is a shot I was more happy with more creative and I know some people would not have taken the extra steps to create said shot! 

Creative Table Setting

Creative Table Setting

Thanks to everyone who books with me and has booked me for your Wedding Day and Quinceañera. I learned a while ago that I have to STOP SELLING and START HELPING! 

The free resources like timelines and questionnaires are part of what I don't talk about but include. The referrals I send your way if I'm booked to make sure you are taken care of are some of the small things that me as a person is also looking for when it comes to buying something.  #AddedValue 

 

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