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Top THREE Questions to Ask the Primary Photographer as a Second Shooter

You did it! You booked a second shooting opportunity and you’re so excited for the experience. The thing is, you’re still pretty new and you don’t know what questions to ask. How am I going to be paid? What should I wear? What time do I show up? 

All of these are valid questions and should be asked before the wedding day arrives. The worst thing that could happen is you start the wedding day with a big miscommunication that could have been prevented had you just asked a simple question or two.

Today on the blog, we’re sharing our top three questions that you should ask the primary wedding photographer before you show up to the wedding day! 

  1. Will I be shooting on my own cards? This is heavily dependent on whether or not your camera has 2 memory card slots. If so, you’ll likely shoot on the primary’s card in the first slot, and your card in the second slot. If your camera only has one card slot, it could go both ways. Usually the main photographer will have you shoot on their cards, and at the end of the night, you’ll copy your images to your hard drive, so don’t forget your laptop! 
  2. What should I wear? Just as it’s important to not outshine the bride, it’s important to not outshine the primary photographer, too! Be sure to ask what they’ll be wearing to gauge your outfit. If they are wearing black jeans and a black blouse, it might not be a great idea to show up in a patterned dress (although that is totally a thing & we love it!). Some photographers dress to blend in with wedding guests, while others wear all black. Asking this question will help you blend in! It’s also important to ask just in case this particular wedding is a black tie or formal affair; you never want to show up underdressed. In general, be comfortable, modest, but dressed to impress! We also recommend comfortable shoes, because as the second shooter, you may be carrying around more gear than usual. 
  3. What kind of equipment do you expect or require me to bring? The short answer here is EVERYTHING! Usually the primary photographer will inquire about your equipment prior to the wedding. They expect you to bring all of the equipment you mention, so don’t forget anything! This includes camera bodies, back-up cameras, all of your lenses, flashes, light stands, umbrellas, batteries, memory cards, step stool (just in case!), styling boards, etc. If you would use it at your own wedding, bring it with you! 

While these are just our top three questions to ask the primary photographer that you’re shooting with, there are SO many more important things you need to know! Grab our free download, “10 Questions To Ask The Primary Photographer” to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the wedding. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your primary photographer! 

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