I apologize for not being on top of my blogging A-game, things have just been so crazy over here with trying to get everything together before our world is ROCKED with another life. And even though I'm “technically” on maternity leave I've still been busy with business. Responding to wedding inquiries, for when I return in May, that can’t be left unanswered. Im soo not complaining… I’m super grateful to even be getting these inquiries -so keep em comin! Its just super hard to totally step away from business because its kinda like my baby too! I have to feed it! On top of that I'm sooo behind in my blogging, Im really trying to complete this series before the baby bean is here! If you notice that Im am M.I.A. from the blog AND facebook for awhile, then its safe to assume that I had my baby or I'm in the hospital :) You can follow me on my Facebook or Instagram @Janelle_Marina, where Ill be posting little life updates here & there, until I get back in the groove of things :)
It’s been really hard for me to sum up each topic because I really planned on elaborating more on each part. But I've been told that I tend to ramble on, so hopefully I took out all the ramblings and got straight to the point on these topics. Jack likes me to start my stories backwards starting with the end! This way he’s sure to get the point of the story because I tend to setup a story and get sidetracked with another topic and never get to the point of the first story! Pfft! Whats wrong with that!? I like to give you a visual and enough details so you can get the FULL experience! :)
This post is Part 4: Choosing a second shooter of the “What I learned in my first year” series.
Click on the links if you would like to read more parts:
Part 1:”The Investments”
Part 2: “Getting Published”
Part 3: "Facebook Contests"
First things first... Do your RESEARCH! Make sure that you’ve seen enough of their work to know their shooting style and then determine if their photos will flow with your photos, because it all goes into the same gallery. You also want to make sure that you get along with the second shooter, if you’ve never met then maybe arrange to meet with them before the wedding day to get on the same page. You must find someone that you’re able to Trust! You want to make sure that they are there not only to build their portfolio, but to represent YOUR business & brand! This is the reason why you have them there in the first place, to help you out. Ive had a few different second shooters and for the most part I knew everyone and their shooting styles, so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into.
I also realized that I have to be more upfront with my second shooting rules because sometimes people don’t follow them probably not on purpose but that can put you in a sticky situation. Do you comfront them, do you let it go, how do you say it without sounding like a beeeyotch! Im actually currently working on creating a system/packet for my second shooters, including details of what it is that I need them to cover on the day, rules and so on. Can you say " Control Freak” ! I swear I’m not that bad, but as much fun that we have we also have to remember that this is business and we are expected of certain things by the clients so I have to make sure we are able to present them accordingly!
I know that I've mentioned this before but Sometimes I just wish that my hubby could just be my full time second shooter so that I can have my trusted teammate, build a solid system, and not have to re-explain how to do it over & over again with each 2nd shooter. Its good to create a list of people who you know that are solid, just in case your main 2nd shooter isn’t available! I think its always great to have an assistant there as well… you’re not depending on their photos like you are the 2nd shooters, but your giving another person the opportunity to gain experience and whats better than helping others out! Its always a plus if they are able to give you a few awesome photos too :)
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.