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Free Education : Second Shooting

January 20, 2016


Boy do I LOVE workshops. I cannot tell you HOW much I have learned from them!! Yes they are pretty pricey but so amazing for networking and learning. BUT what if I told you there was a way to learn AND get paid!? It’s like a workshop, but for free? ***Drumroll please**** SECOND SHOOTING.

Second Shooting With V.A. Photography, Nicki Metcalf Photo

Second shooting with V.A. Photography

I have learned JUST AS MUCH if not more from second shooting as I have from workshops. Here’s the thing though – you have to go into second shooting with one thing in mind  – It’s not about you.  In the beginning, I thought that I would second shoot just to get pretty pictures for my portfolio.  Don’t get me wrong the pretty pictures were great but it’s about serving the main photographer in the best possible way. I was there to do a job and give it 100% but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn too.  I like to ask questions, probably too many (my mom had to limit my questions because they were never ending). I am not afraid (neither should you be) to ask your main photographer questions through out the day – but in a timely manner. You don’t want to bombard them all day long. This distracts them from giving their clients the best possible experience. Don’t forget, you should always write down questions for later in the car ride! 😉  Sometimes I’ll ask their settings, or why they are doing things a certain way. I can’t tell you how this has changed my shooting. Not only is it important to ask questions but to be observant with your eyes and ears (HA! I sounds like a teacher). Every photographer treats a wedding differently from the way they lay out their details, to arranging their clients in family formals. Just by second shooting I have learned so many amazing strategies that have enriched my skill set.  To all you amazing photographers who have let me tag along – A BIG THANKS!!!

Second Shooting with Nikki Santere, Richmond, Virginia Wedding Nicki Metcalf Photography Photo

Second Shooting with Nikki Santere

PS – Having trouble finding second shooting jobs? Join local Facebook Groups. People are asking all the time! Don’t be afraid to   reach out to your favorite photographer. The worst they can do is say “No” right?

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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Free Education : Second Shooting

Free Education : Second Shooting

Free Education : Second Shooting

Free Education : Second Shooting

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