The Second Shooter Process
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Are you ready to jump on the CSP team as a second shooter? Below are some guidelines and expectations to anticipate as a second shooter.
At the start of our communication, I'll request to see a full gallery so I can see how your photography style. As a second shooter for Caitee Smith Photography, you'll need to sign a second shooter contract and provide your preferred method of payment. Venmo is the preferred and quickest method of payment at CSP, but we can make whatever works for you.
On the day of the wedding, please dress appropriately and professionally. Either a black jumpsuit, black dress or black slacks and black blouse/collared shirt is preferable. It's important to dress the part and blend in with the attire that the rest of the wedding is wearing. Please be on time (which means at least 15 minutes early.)
First things first, you must have two dual-slot DSLR or mirrorless cameras. I'll give you one SD or CF card for each of your cameras. You'll shoot on one of my cards and one of your own. You'll then need to format all cards in order to prevent any incompatibility, corruption, or storage issues. We'll sync all of our cameras to the exact same date and time. And then we're ready to go! Throughout the day, please be checking that your photos are recording on your memory card(s).
You'll capture groom and groomsmen prep, details, and portraits. It's important that you're comfortable with the guys. Beyond that, you'll be my second set of eyes, capturing different angles and perspectives. While I do encourage shooting for your portfolio, I request that you don't just shoot over my shoulder the entire time. Most importantly – please don't be too trigger-happy and don't overshoot. Try to keep your photo count around or below 1500 images, without too many duplicates per scene. It's also super helpful if/when you can help with the bride's dress, read off shot lists, and assist in other ways.
Unless otherwise stated, you're free to use the photos you've shot in your portfolio. Please don't post photos on social media until I have posted them first. Do not tag the couple in any social media posts or reach out to them for any reason. You're required to tag @caiteesmithphotography when posting on Instagram. I like to tag my second shooters when posting on social media to give you the credibility you deserve.