What does it take to be a great second shooter at weddings? And if you’re the primary photographer, what do you need to consider when working with a second shooter. In this episode, we chat to Dallas photographer Misha Wynn, who shares her tips on how to become a great second shooter for newbies and how to work with second shooters as a photographer.
You’ll discover: how Misha got started, how long before she turned a profit, what is a second shooter, why hire one, why be one, the difference between shadowing, assisting and second shooting, your pre-game plan so you don’t get in each other’s way or miss important shots, and much more.
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Shooting weddings is one of the most stressful and exhausting gigs a photographer can have. There are so many moving parts and so much to cover on the day.
I believe having an assistant is essential when shooting a wedding and many wedding shooters also employ a second shooter.
In this episode, we chat to Dallas photographer Misha Wynn, who shares her tips on how to become a great second shooter for newbies and how to work with second shooters as a photographer.
- How Misha got started
- How long before she turned a profit
- What is a second shooter
- Why hire one?
- Why be one?
- What are the positive traits of a second shooter
- What are the negative traits?
- How do you find a good second shooter
- The difference between shadowing, assisting and second shooting
- What to say and do to get a gig as a second shooter.
- What exactly should a second shooter do?
- What’s the difference between a second shooter and an assistant
- How important is having a pre-game plan so you don’t get in each other’s way or miss important shots
- Minimum gear required
- How much should you pay a second shooter?
- Who should edit the images
- Who should be able to share the images?
As the daughter of two traditional southerners, photographer Misha Wynn was raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. With her deepest influences being a strong work ethic and Southern Baptist roots, Misha blossomed into an artsy, high-spirited, fearless, and slightly introverted wild child who ruled the 70s in true form. After pursuing a career in architecture and fueling her passion for art on the side, she soon fell in love with almost every discipline of art – almost. (Ain’t nobody got time for glass blowing.)
Misha’s journey to creating Lavishly Lux Studio was sparked by her love of storytelling through the lens of a camera and photographing life’s most precious moments. When she’s not spending time with her 16-year-old twin boys or brunching with besties, she is capturing priceless memories and raw emotion in her images; and she hopes clients will experience those same emotions when they look back on their wedding photos 20 years later.
“Every weekend, new love is experienced,” says Misha. “Capturing all those moments turns passion from a job, into a bonafide calling. Loving what you do makes the hustle easy, but doing what you’re called to do makes the world continue to spin around and around.”
Aussie Slang word of the week
Spit the dummy / spat it: To indulge in a sudden display of anger or frustration; to lose one’s temper.
A similar display of when an infant spits out their pacifier “dummy” and bursts into a hysterical crying fit.
Example: “He spat the dummy when he didn’t get the promotion”.
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