Even before they played a note I could see that Royal Jelly Jive was going to have some good energy preforming. Lead vocalist Lauren was dancing and bouncing around stage while setting up. While normally I get a chance to look up and listen to bands before I head to shoot them. During the Off Beat Festival, there was just far to many to research. I almost didn't even make it to The Saint Saturday, Driving home from a very cold all day wedding in south lake. Batteries low, cards nearly full, I was stopping just to retrieve a piece of gear that I had left behind the night before. Lauren's energy during sound check combined with the band's name "Royal Jelly Jive". Intrigued me enough to stay. 30 minutes later myself, and the rest of the crowd were all wanting one more song! Amazing group from nearby San Francisco. I am hoping they will be back!
Seems like only yesterday I was lucky enough to meet and photography a beautiful young girl. Who at the time impressed not just in front of the camera, but with her drive, ambition, ideas, communication, even her hobbies outside modeling. More professional than the vast majority of most people I've meet. To top it all off, she lives in another state, and at the time was 16. (And yes her mom was there) who was also a pleasure to meet, as well as super helpful. Yesterday I learned, while I might not have been the first person to aim a camera at her. Our shoot together was her first professional photoshoot. Now even more impressed. My hat is off to you @umitsonlyme , If there is anyone to keep an eye on. It's her.
Wearing a dress by @nastygal
Everyone deserves a day off once in a while, Mermaid Megan spent the afternoon lounging around the lagoon, swinging on a swing, and playing in the pool.
Its a little unreal watching Becca fold herself into position. Just when I though "ok this is as far as she can go" She would adjust her grip and bend even further! I used to think just doing the splits was extremely flexible. Now I know, that is not even close.
After a recent wedding with the amazing Calvin Hobson. I thought it was a good idea to write my thoughts down, on what I think makes a good 2nd shooter, or what I look for in a second photographer. The name implies, you are there to photograph, however I tend to think that at times its a lot more than that.
While it is not completely required to use the same brand of equipment as the photographer you are shooting under. It most certainly has its benefits. Being away from a gear bag, or while time is short, being able to switch lenses with the lead photographer if he needs something quickly is very beneficial. Same with bodies if the situation arrises.
I have made it a habit to carry a "help bag". Its full of things that can come in handy during a wedding, but not just for the Lead photographer.
Aspirin, double sided tape, scissors, sewing kit, allergy meds, bandaids, screw driver, nail-file, collapsable shot glass, sticky puddy, eye drops, flashlight, swiss army knife, cleaning cloth, chapstick, glue, gaffers tape, (the list goes on)
Nearly everything has come in handy at one time or another.
AA batteries, as well as camera batteries. At least enough to power all transmitters and receivers, as well as any strobes that require them. At least one extra camera battery for the Lead. Having a spare flash around, in case bulbs break, get dropped, etc.
Extra Memory- A few cards, one at least for every type of camera being used.
You should not have any. Formals for instance there is very little need to shoot right next to the Lead photographer. Besides it can end up confusing subjects on who to be looking at. If its not already set up, reception lighting when needed can be set up during this time. Breaking down other gear, or moving it to your next location. Candids of people not getting formals taken. Details of reception hall, cake, place settings, guest table.
I like to think of the lead photographers gear as my own. If there is a chance something can get knocked over fix it. If something gets left behind pick it up,
Things that will make a mark
Snack, it never hurts to have a power bar, or nature valley bar around. While most of the time these days we are taken care of for dinner. I can't tell you how many weddings start around breakfast with little to no break or access to food until dinner.
Drinks, Know what the lead photographer likes to drink, or how they take their coffee. Running around a cold ceremony, and straight into formals outside. there is nothing better than turning around to see your 2nd shooter has brought you hot coffee, or tea. Plus at that point in the wedding both might need a little caffeine.
Lots of other things to add, but they can wait for another day.
Its always a privilege to photograph a newborn. Just a few days after being born, before many friends or even family get a chance to meet the new addition to the family.
Years ago I met Spencer in a band. I was happy to spend the afternoon catching up and getting some updated headshots for him.
Before he left for a competition in Las Vegas. Camyran asked me to shoot some shots of him working out, and then a few casual shots around town. I wish him luck, He is a down to earth great guy. and can simply kill it at the gym. I admire his drive and passion.
Just like father and son, there is nothing cuter that a mother daughter relationship. These two were a blast to hang out with and photograph. They both share a birthday, and the very same beautiful eyes.