Where Can First + Second Shooters Find Each Other?


I’ll never forget the first time I was invited to be a second shooter. I couldn’t sleep the night before, I checked (and rechecked!) my bags the day before just to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything, and on the drive there I listened to music that would pump me up like I was about to play in the Super Bowl.

Well, I should clarify that most moments I couldn’t find the right music on the radio so I sang along to Pat Benatar in a moment of desperation. It sufficed.

That single opportunity changed the trajectory of my business and allowed me to gain experience to start shooting weddings on my own. If you’re looking for a place to find second shooting opportunities and/or find a second shooter yourself, definitely check out the J* Second Shooters group on Facebook.

We started this group because we wanted first photographers to be able to find quality second shooters in their neck of the woods. JD and I will be teaching a free online course for second shooters, so our aim is to train second shooters and offer insight into shooting techniques, proper etiquette, how to help in a pinch, and lots more. Feel free to ENROLL HERE and we’ll see you online this Tuesday!

Happy Friday!

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  1. Monica Justesen Photography

    August 2nd, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Awesome resource, J! Thanks!

  2. Vanessa

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Hey, Jasmine!
    I just enrolled, because this sounds fabulous, but I’m a little confused… it is for *7 hours,* *two days* in a row? That just sounds like a really long time to be planted in front of a computer, so I wanted to figure out how this is working! Hopefully I can make it! 🙂

  3. Katie Doherty

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    You’re the best!!

  4. Norma Skinner

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Great idea for the group! Would thoroughly recommend any/all of Jasmine’s online courses & would never underestimate their value to our businesses.

  5. Karen

    August 2nd, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    This post could not have come at a better time. Needing a 2nd shooter for upcoming wedding. Tanx.

  6. Leon Bailey - Lasting Blueprint Productions

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I’m in the group. Hope to see some of you in there and hope it becomes a success for everyone!


    August 3rd, 2013 at 4:25 am

    You guys are so great in helping others in this industry!

    @Vanessa – Creativelive usually replays the course over the time it’s running during the free viewing. You also have the opportunity to purchase the course before it ends at discounted price, then you can watch the videos at your own pace. Hope that helps.

  8. April Maura

    August 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Jasmine I really want to sign up for this Tuesday’s course but I am currently living in China and 9am there is midnight here. Are there going to be video’s to watch later on youtube or some place else?

  9. Katie Jackson

    August 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I can’t wait for Tuesday! I’ve already bought the course and I can’t wait to improve my 2nd shooting skills!! And I think I’ll also learn how to be a better lead to my 2nd 🙂 and the fb group is awesome! Thank you so much for creating that!!!

  10. Danielle Nicohl

    August 3rd, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I am sooooo excited for your CreativeLIVE class! I have blocked out the days and NOTHING is getting in the way 🙂

  11. LV Creative

    August 4th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    awesome thanks jasmine! I have a question about this very thing! I live in the virgin islands and I’m getting ready to start my own wedding photography business! I do feel like the wedding photography business is pretty competitive here. I want to contact some of the other established photographers in the area to see about second shooting opportunities but I don’t want anyone to think i’m trying to steal their ideas or techniques.. do you think this will be a problem?

  12. Mariola L

    August 6th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Jasmine, you rock my world! You’re smart, and funny and oh! so talented! I just joined your 2nd shooters group! And I’m watching you and JD LIVE! Lots of love and admiration!

  13. peter vernon quenter

    August 7th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    what a fabulous two days with CreativeLive, Jasmine, JD !! so many thanks and much appreciation for your time and work and sharing it all ! your course is inspiring and full of great guidance – lots of good wishes to you both and your business –

  14. Ian Hamilton

    August 15th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Finding a quality second shooter’s challenging, as it’s my reputation on the line if they screw up. Great idea to start a FBook group.