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Wedding: Anna & Dennis – The Second Shooter Experience

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Recently finished up my gallery of shots for longtime friend Dennis, and his lovely bride, Anna.

Check out my TOP 50 shots in this online gallery:  Anna and Dennis – Josh’s Top 50

What was really nice about this wedding was the people, the simplicity of the event and beautiful red decor, and definitely the food.  One of the most enjoyable parts for me was that I was playing SECOND shooter the entire wedding.  Normally, all my wedding jobs are one-man shows.  I just don’t have the budget or means to hire an assistant right now, and usually rely on my ability to move quickly and silently to any vantage point that I need.  Some couples have called me the wedding ninja, since at any given time, I am probably not where I was just a few seconds ago.   That, and I dress primarily in black and carry ninja stars and nunchuks for unruly reception crashers. 😛

My cousin, brother, and mentor of many years, Jonathan Fleming, was the go-to first Photographer handling the job!  If you’re getting hitched around the Bay Area, definitely take a look at his portfolio!

Anyway, being a second shooter is absolutely wonderful.  You have a bunch of creative freedom, unshackled from ‘the list’ of shots that the main photographer is responsible for, including the oh-so-stressful group shots.  (Not that I don’t enjoy the groups shots… I just enjoy when they’re over more.  Haha.  I’m a fan of fun and candid shots after posed formals.)

Having Jonathan take the lead let me roam the locations looking for more intimate details to shoot, and candid interactions to capture.  The main job of any wedding photographer is to FOLLOW. THE. BRIDE.  In addition to covering the bride from different angles at the same time, a second shooter can also cover a good share of important shots from ‘the list’ that the lone photographer would normally need to take time to do himself.  This results in better coverage and better quality in many cases.

Why?  Time.

Time is a crucial element of any wedding day, and unlike studio shooters, wedding photographers don’t have the luxury of making sure all conditions are perfect for every shot.
Having a second shooter increases the time spent on every shot: Set-up, composition, and lighting.

There were also times when I was shooting short-range lenses, and Jonathan was off somewhere with a telephoto lens attached, and we were shooting the same thing, at the same time.  No way any single photographer can do that by themselves.  Even if I try. 🙂

We both are carrying two camera bodies during the day, so the entire wedding album was shot with four cameras.  Big shout out to Bridget, Jonathan’s wife and awesome assistant, for helping out with carrying bags, holding lenses, lights, umbrellas, softboxes, and arranging formals.  Couldn’t have done such a good job without her help too.

Here are some of my shots!  Remember to check out the TOP 50 in this gallery too! 0

Also available on Josh Liba Photography FB.

Next up:  An engagement shoot… with DOGS!  Stay tuned!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I can definitely echo a lot of the sentiments here, even as the primary shooter. It was definitely a big weight off the shoulders knowing that I could confidently focus on fewer elements, knowing that you had other aspects of the wedding covered. Everything was seamless and nearly effortless with the three of us working together. Well done! Hope to do it again someday =)

    November 2, 2010
  2. ” No way any single photographer can do that by themselves”
    ahh! you with little faith! 😀
    You did a fabulous job with these shots josh! Keep up the good work and keep those nun-chucks handy 🙂

    November 2, 2010

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