Hi, here is what I did. I had experience shooting fashion and advertising in the late 80s and 90s then went a different path. Around 2010 my daughter decided she wanted to shoot weddings so I tooled up and we began. She however quit and I am shooting with my son now. I had nothing to show newer than 20 years old so when some young friends got married I offered to shoot their wedding for free. They had a beautiful wedding at I got some usable images. The next wedding I did for $800 and I got more photos to show people. I shot for a couple years at about $1200 for a wedding and got more photos that I could put on a website. Now I shoot a wedding for between $2500 and $3500. Another way I got photos was went to a bridal cosignment shop and asked if I could bring in models and do some shoots with their dresses. I rented a room in a cool old hotel and did a shoot there and in and around the hotel with a couple models in some beautiful dresses. The town that I live in has a connections page on Facebook where people look for cheap photographers and many photographers bid on weddings there it seems that they will shoot in a range for $50 to $500. I too looked for second shooter positions in the beginning but didn't find any. One thing that I do that helps and it may sound strange is I shoot a lot of street photograhy. It helps me get better at graphic content, seeing and capturing something quickly and to look for and capture emotion. I shoot in what they now call phtojournalistic style so the street photography helps. What I find the hardest is marketing, I am still trying to figure that out. I shoot from three to six weddings a year right now, I would like to shoot six to eight. Still working on that haha. Just some thoughts.