I've become increasingly interested in wedding photography and want some opportunities to shoot weddings and get some experience now that it is summer and I'm not as busy with the other non-photography parts of life that usually take up my time, but wanted advice from people here about how to get jobs as a second shooter.
My first thought was just to google wedding photographers in the Los Angeles area and ask any of them if they are interested, but wanted to check first if I'd be expected to have a portoflio to show them (and if so how much of one given that second shooting is about portfolio building and learning from what I understand)? Also I'm not sure about what kind of agreement is typical between the pro and the 2nd shooter...It's my understanding that usually the main photog does all the editing, and I'm assuming all my images would be available for him/her to use for the B&G but that I could also keep the rights to them so that I can build my portfolio, correct?
Not too long ago I did some shooting at a family member's wedding (there were hired photographers who I made sure not to get in the way of, but I just wanted to see what it was like to shoot--the hired photographers were also 2 hours late though so I had some time were I was asked to be the 'fill in' photographer because the hired ones weren't there), but my gear and knowledge has changed immensely since then and I'm certain I could get much better images the next time I shoot a wedding because of it. Despite that, I'm thinking that having a few of those images might be handy to show somebody I've contacted to ask about being a second shooter.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!