WELCOME TO JAIMIE DEE PHOTOGRAPHY!
Whether you’ve shot with Jaimie Dee Photography before, or this is your first time – AWESOME! We’ve put this resource together to help make the most of our time together. We want to pinpoint our expectations in advance so there is no miscommunication.
SECOND SHOOTER CONTRACT
You can download a copy of our second shooter contract here. Our second shooter contract is non-negotiable. If you have any questions, please let us know – we’re happy to explain.
In short, we’re looking for a second shooter who…
Has a fun and bubbly personality (click for explanation)
On the day of the wedding, we’re looking for someone to lighten the mood and help crack a smile or two. As the lead photographer, it’s easy to get stressed out with all the moving pieces of the wedding day. We’re looking to our seconds to be all smiles, and sport a fun and upbeat personality to keep stress levels as low as possible.
Has a knack for shooting in natural light (click for explanation)
Natural light vs flash – At Jaimie Dee Photography, we prefer to use natural light and fast glass as much as possible. We even prefer a little grain at a slightly higher ISO if it means avoiding flash. Throughout the day, we scout various locations with beautiful natural light and move clients into and out of these light sources. A second shooter with an eye for spotting natural reflectors and a knack for bending and using available ambient light will help ensure a perfect blend of images at the end of the day.
Has a tendency to shoot with a tight zoom lens (click for explanation)
In order to create variety in our body of work, we’re looking for our second shooters to shoot opposite of our main brand. As we are expected to create wall art for our clients, the main Jaimie Dee Photography brand has a tendency to focus on imagery shot with wide angle lenses throughout the wedding day. As a result, we’re looking for our seconds to shoot primarily with higher zoom lenses to create tighter images with isolated subjects & bokah backgrounds. Of course we don’t want to limit our seconds to ONLY shooting tight (just as the main brand does not shoot ONLY wide), but we’d like for our second shooters to focus on shooting tight as a main priority, switching over to a wider lens only once all the priority tight images have been captured.
Looks forward to feedback as a way to learn & grow (click for explanation)
In order to ensure quality of imagery that is consistent with the Jaimie Dee Photography brand, we offer a feedback & review session to our second shooters after every wedding we shoot. We are looking to work with second shooters who are open to constructive criticism and are eager to learn and grow as photographers. In turn, we also ask for feedback on how we’re doing as well!
DO'S & DON'TS
DO wear company colors. Attire expected is business casual in black. Gray is acceptable as well as a pop of red and/ or pop of white. Avoid any color of DENIM at all costs.
DON’T be late! We’re counting on you to be there on time.
DO shoot in raw. DON’T shoot in jpg, black & white, or sepia. It means tons of extra time color correcting in post production for us if you do!
DO charge all batteries & backups before the wedding. DON’T expect the ability to charge equipment at the venue. If you find yourself needing an extra battery, let us know – we might have one on hand.
DO look to the lead for signs & instruction throughout the day. DON’T get tunnel vision & tune out the lead during the day. We want you to come to us and ask for direction.
DO ask the lead for permission before taking all breaks. In the event of an emergency, please give us a heads up – that way we at least know your whereabouts should a client ask about you.
DON’T use paid time for personal activities (ie: extended phone calls, excessive texting or cell phone use, editing other work on your laptop during perceived down time, or any other activity that is not directly related to the wedding)
DO offer the lead a helping hand if needed (ie: the occasional bag of gear, building up or breaking down lights, etc)
DO ask the lead for permission before partaking in alcoholic beverages from the bar. DON’T assume drinking on the job is ok!
DO promote the Jaimie Dee Photography brand. DO refer all client & vendor questions to the lead when appropriate. DON’T promote your personal brand or work (ie: handing out business cards, attempting to network with any guests or vendors at the wedding, etc.)
Aperture priority & auto white balance
In order to reduce our time color correcting during post production, we ask that you shoot in auto white balance.
In order to reduce our time in exposure correction during post production, we ask that you shoot in aperture priority mode and use exposure compensation appropriately. In a fast paced wedding environment, subjects move into and out of different light sources constantly. Rather than expending energy to nail correct exposure, we prefer our photographers to let the cameras do this work, and instead focus our energies on doing things cameras can’t do – creating amazing compositions, getting a tac sharp image with the correct focal point, and spending time building rapport with clients. There are very few exceptions to this, which we are happy to discuss in person.
When to shoot with a wide lens
Although we ask that our second shooters shoot with a tight zoom lens most of the time, there are times of the day where a wide lens is required. At the beginning of the day during the getting ready process, our seconds will spend a portion of this time alone with the bridesmaids or groomsmen. It is during this time, that we ask our seconds to shoot EVERYTHING. Any time of day our seconds are shooting alone, we expect a variety of images – tight, middle, AND wide shots will be expected as these will be the only images documented from that portion of the day.
There are also times where we shoot in small enclosed quarters that a zoom lens will not focus appropriately.
What to shoot for during the ceremony
What's expected during the formals AFTER the ceremony
Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it
helppp – reception
Shoot more hands and feet
hands and feet!