How to Get More Gigs as a Wedding Second Shooter

If you are looking to break into the wedding industry, one of the best things you can do is become a second shooter. If you are ready to start picking up more second shooter gigs, check out this fantastic video tutorial that features an experienced wedding photographer offering seven tips to help land more bookings. 

Coming to you from John Branch IV Photography, this great video tutorial will offer you seven tips for landing more gigs as a second shooter. There is something to be said for being a second shooter. Wedding photography is a very high-pressure genre, especially since you are capturing some of the most important events of people's lives and you get no second chances. As such, second shooting can be a nice bridge in that you can shadow an experienced professional to learn the ropes and build your confidence and experience without the pressure of having to get the most important shots. It also saves you from the tedium of having to cull and edit hundreds of thousands of files, as most second shooters hand over their cards at the end of the day and are done. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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The fastest way to become a professional photographer in any industry is to assist someone who is already a pro. Every single person who ever assisted me when I shot weddings became at least a part-time professional wedding photographer.