Brisbane Wedding Photographer | A Day of Second Shooting

Nicole | Wedding | Brisbane | 27th December 2014

Just after Christmas last year I had the pleasure of heading out on a wedding with the lovely Mel from Chantilly Lace Photography. Mel regularly heads out with me as my second shooter so it was wonderful to be able to return the favour. I had an absolute ball playing the role of second shooter on the day. I haven’t had the chance to be one for a really long time so it was great for me to step back from the directing duties of the day and just observe, watch and think about each and every photo I was taking. So here are a few photos from the day that I want to chat more about.

While Mel was out greeting the bride, Cori the groom was working it for me in the ceremony area. He was such a character and I was so glad I was there to capture it. Most of the time I am out with the bride.


Getting a few different perspectives in the poring rain during the groom preparations. It was so nice to be able to just be in the background and think about the composure of the photograph without having to direct the guys.2015-01-29_0438

Being a second shooter means that you have the opportunity to hang back, observe and grab some candids of the things happening during the day. I guess you take on more of a photo journalistic role.


It was really nice just to be able to wander around, try and be invisible and watch out for beautiful moments as they happen.


Getting a different perspective during groom prep. I have since added a similar shot like this to my favourite shots at every wedding.


A behind the scenes moment of the bride getting ready. Mel was inside directing the bride and I was outside figuring out how I could create more of an environmental portrait showcasing the location and the getting ready process.


Thinking about different compositions as Mel gives the bride direction.


As a second shooter, you certainly have more time to have a look around and see things. How gorgeous is the beautiful light from the reception room. I just love the pattern it makes when you stand directly below and look up.


Another shot where I was able to step back and create more of an environmental portrait of the bridal party. I was standing in the pouring rain here, but didn’t mind getting wet in order to capture the beautiful old buildings.


Being a second shooter is all about seeing things differently, like reflections on the ground.


And another behind the scenes shot.


Thanks Mel for having me second shoot for you. It was wonderful for me to step back out of the directing role and just observe and create. I think I am going to do more second shooting this year to really push me to thing about things more when I am in a first shooter role.


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