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Wedding Practice; How Can I Find Someone to Act An Assistant?

 
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Apr 02, 2012 09:43 |  #1

I'm shooting my first wedding in October so I would rather like to be able to get an idea of what to do, before I need to do it.. I've heard suggested go as a secondary or just an assistant to someone else, but how can I find someone to do that?

I'm in Virginia (so if anyone reading wants someone to hold their bag or help them with what they need, hint, hint), and I know one wedding photographer, but she's full at the moment so I was trying to find someone else to ask. I don't know if I'm posting this in the right place or not, if it isn't I trust the moderator will relocate it to the right spot.

I do have a Canon 7D, 70-200mm f2.8, 50mm 1.8, 28-135 IS (plan to get something wider, maybe 17-50mm f2.8 by October), and a 430ex II as well as the Yongou 560(?) with Cowboy transmitters. Just if that makes a difference. Thanks for taking your time to read this!


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Apr 02, 2012 16:24 |  #2

Ask around locally. Use google to find locals. Offer to carry bags or second shoot, whichever is more valuable to them.


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Apr 02, 2012 17:03 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

Just curious - if this is your first wedding, how did you convince the couple to engage your services without some sample of work to show?


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Apr 02, 2012 21:57 |  #4

haha Very smooth talker... :) No, not really. Actually, I'm friends of both of them, and have gone on photoshoots with the bride who is a hobbyist photographer (Canon too). They asked me to be a second, but despite being the second so not as much responsibility, one rarely gets a chance to shoot a wedding with little experience to back you up, so I wanted to do as good a job as I could possibly do this time, both for the couple as well as the fact that if I do it well, then it will possibly give me something to show others.
But good question, I guess I didn't mention that in my first post. Also, I didn't mention this but since we're on that point, they of course asked what I charged, said they'd pay me etc. etc. but I told them I'd just do it free (and after if they particularly liked whatever I had, they could compensate as they wanted) but I felt better doing it for free since I don't in fact have experience to back me up.
Tim, thanks for the advice, I did some looking around and sent a few messages about, we'll see what turns up. I appreciated it!

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Apr 02, 2012 22:01 |  #5

I'm in NOVA and shoot events. I have a few coming up and you are more than welcome to help me cover them. I have a big gig in July in Bristow.


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Apr 02, 2012 22:03 |  #6

Jim Askew, Jon (the Mod) and I get together several times a year. I learn more from them than reading books or going out on my own. Jon knows everything about the gear and Jim is the nicest man on earth. I am also hoping to organize a wedding forum meet sometime this year. Don't know exactly when, but am working on it.


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Apr 02, 2012 22:08 |  #7

Oh really? That would be so great! Is there a way I can keep in touch with you? I'm 17, so I'm not an oldie or someone who's a little older, but if that doesn't cause any questions I would really appreciate that. I say that because I've met other people before, and they were surprised that I was that young, so I just wanted to get that out before hand. I would really appreciate any opportunity to help you cover them! I don't know that my pictures would be fantastic, but the experience would really help!

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Apr 02, 2012 22:14 |  #8

What would a wedding forum meet be? And how could I find out the details of that?

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Apr 02, 2012 22:27 |  #9

I haven't made plans yet, Chris. I'm hoping to finish my taxes and do some "adult" work before I plunge into this project. Being young is not your fault, but experience means a lot in our professions. I've been a teacher for over 26 years. I have 2 sons older than you. :)


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Apr 02, 2012 22:35 |  #10

And it's because the fact experience means so much that some people are a little more shy about taking on someone under 18 oppose to someone young 20s, so I just wanted to make sure you would be fine with it. :) haha Well if and when you get around to the fun planning, is there a way I can keep connected so at that time you can contact me about that event, either giving my email address or phone number, or just send a pm over the forum? (email address/phone number would be sent through pm btw).

And the weddings coming up, are those set and okay for me to come to one or so, or are they the projects in the "pre-planning" stage? Or is the project the wedding forum?

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Apr 02, 2012 23:15 |  #11

Google your city and "photography group" and I am sure you will find something. Although San Diego is fairly large, I am a part of 4 or 5 groups. Also, look into PUG meetings (run by pictage members). Although it is obviously run by pictage and you will hear the wonders of it and shootq, my group here is very helpful.


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Apr 03, 2012 07:44 |  #12

I normally use my cousin as an assistant.. or my friends.. :-)


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Apr 03, 2012 08:14 |  #13

I asked who wanted to help that were here in NOVA and a few people came through. I'm very lucky. Jim & I shoot together and Jon and I meet periodically to shoot. We are meeting at Dulles when the Discovery arrives on the 17th.


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Apr 04, 2012 09:00 |  #14

Post on craigs list.


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Apr 04, 2012 22:50 |  #15

mcap1972 wrote in post #14207910 (external link)
Post on craigs list.


This can be a double-edged sword. Craigslist, at least in my area, has become the place for folks to haggle, always trying to save money (price, not quality, being the bottom line). I've never actually used it to hire assistants or 2nd shooters, but I have looked out of simple curiosity. I was horrified to see so many people advertising themselves as wedding photographers despite having no portfolio at all or ones so bad they should've never posted them to begin with.
I'd recommend looking into photography groups, as mentioned in some of the other posts.


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