Alright party people, it’s about that time! What time, you ask?! After recently relocating from LA back to the good ol’ South, I’ve got to start rounding up some uber talented 2nd shooters and assistants for my weddings next year -I know there are lots of you out there!
Having been blessed to have shot with some amazing people, one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that who you shoot with can make a big difference in the flow and enjoyment of the day. Just as with anything in life, shooting weddings is what you make it, so I’m looking for people who love what they do, have fun doing it, and of course…who do whatever is needed to get the best images possible! -Which of course for me, often equals looking completely ridiculous in the process -hence then picture at the end of this post ; ) With that in mind the weddings will be coming up quick (starting in January to be exact) so I’m on the hunt now to find some great people to be a part of the team! There are two categories of people that I need; second shooters and assistants. If while reading the qualifications below, you find that this sounds like you…What are you waiting for?! Send me an email already!
First off, wedding locations! While many of my weddings will be in Atlanta, several of them are in the surrounding areas (Athens, Cartersville, etc) and some of them are a little further out (Columbus, Savannah, Chattanooga), and others are even further away (Jacksonville, Maine, Mexico, LA). While I won’t be hauling anyone to Mexico I will need help on many of the others, so please let me know in your application if you’d be willing to travel out of Atlanta (you may be be riding with me in some cases and possibly staying overnight if needed). Please note: LA and Maine are exempt from this as I’ll get 2nd shooters in those areas.
And now, a few qualifications for what I’m looking for
For an assistant, I’m looking for a great work ethic, helpful personality, and great attitude -as well as of course the physical ability to carry equipment ; ) This position is always paid and you do not have to be a photographer to apply. You will be with me from the start to finish of the wedding and help with carrying equipment, setting it up (I will show you how if you don’t already know), gathering family members for group shots, and assisting with anything else that may come up in the process -it’s a wedding, so we can expect just about anything!
1. Personality! – As you might imagine, personality is very important to any shoot, but especially so when it comes to a wedding! Being that there is often a lot of emotion going into a wedding day it’s important that we be easy to work with, work well under pressure, be kind, helpful, honest, genuine, and most of all, support each other. While weddings can be stressful at times it makes it not only more relaxed, but so much more enjoyable when you are a part of an amazing team!
2. Minimum Equipment – While it’s so important to be able to create beautiful images with minimal equipment there are certain standards that are important to help to maintain image quality. Consequently, in order to be a second shooter for CGP we require you to have access to (either by owning, borrowing, or renting) the following equipment:
A. Camera Body:
Minimum – Prosumer Camera (Canon 40D or above, Nikon D90 or above)
Preferred – Professional Camera (Canon 5D and above, Nikon D700 and above)
Minimum – At least one fixed aperture zoom lens (17-105mm f/4.0, 24-70 f/2.8, or 70-200 either f/2.8 or f/4.0)
Preferred – Full set of lenses at fixed apertures, including a 50mm, 24-70mm f/2.8, and 70-200mm f/2.8
Minimum – Canon 430EX or Nikon SB600
Preferred – Canon 580EX or Nikon SB900, Flash Diffuser, PocketWizard Plus II’s, Battery Pack
Minimum – 16GB of storage on any brand
Preferred – 32GB of storage on Sandisks or Hoodmans
3. Creativity and Technical Skills– These two beauties definitely come over time with experience and training, but it’s important to start with a minimum to build upon. That said, I’d love to see your current work to see where you’re at in this area!
Referrals: I highly encourage second shooters to operate their own studios and will often send my client inquiries for booked dates or below-budget weddings to my second shooters if I feel they are a good fit.
Portfolio: I allow assistants and second shooters to post images taken by them on their blog with a few restrictions and exceptions. Please contact me for details.
Payment: Payment depends on the length of the wedding and the quality of your work. We will talk individually about rates.
Learning & Experience: I think this guy goes without saying 😉
To get started, please email answers to all of the below questions regarding you, your experience, your availability and your equipment to me at: email@example.com. If it seems like a good fit, I’ll give you a call to chat about your goals, expectations, etc and possibly ask you to assist/second shoot at a non-wedding shoot to see how we work together. If all goes well and image quality is up to par, I would then schedule you for future dates as a paid assistant or second shooter.
Okay, I think that about covers it! I anticipate spending the next couple weeks looking at applicants, so please be patient with me as it may take some time to go through them all. Thank you for reading all of this! – oh wait…are you SNORING?!? ha…okay my nizzle, WAKE UP, you’re at the end! In fact, as a reward for your valiant efforts of wading through such a monstrosity of info (and to give you a little hint about what you’re getting into * wink, wink * 😉 I leave you with a ridiculous picture of yours truly at a recent shoot for your comic enjoyment (scroll down) – Hey, gotta get our kicks somewhere ; ) -I swear I was never a cheerleader…uh…or a lion ; 0
I look forward to hearing from you!
***PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT THE POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR (ASSISTANT OR SECOND SHOOTER) IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE**
Link to your portfolio:
I’m applying to (assist or second shoot?):
Camera Body (Bodies):
What are your main goals?
Are you willing to travel/stay overnight if needed?
You are currently: