California Wedding

Lessons in Second Shooting {Part One}

No matter your age, or level of experience, I believe there’s always room to learn new things... this applies to everything in life. So, even though I own my own photography business & stay plenty busy, I won’t ever pass up the chance to second shoot for another photographer if the opportunity presents itself!

There are so many reasons I love second shooting. For one, even though you’re responsible for capturing certain images and assisting the main photographer, you don’t feel the same amount of pressure. As the second, I’m able to “slow down” and see things from a different perspective.

It’s also fun to shadow another photographer, because we all have our own flow & style of doing things. Whether it’s how we direct our clients, what kind of equipment we use (and when), and/or certain “rules” we apply to our professionalism… I’m always intrigued to see what I’ll pick up from others.

Kari Otero Photography, who is based in New York City, flew out to Northern California to photograph her client’s wedding at the historic Hotel Petaluma this past July, and had me along to second shoot with her. I was really honored to work with Kari, she’s got a successful business and beautiful portfolio. I had never met her before, so it was awesome to make a new connection! Kari was warm & kind from the start, and I was in awe of her use of off-camera lighting (which is something I’m not used to, since I specialize in natural light photography). To be honest, I was a bit intimidated… but she showed me how easy it was to use, and gave me some great tips. Although I still prefer bringing a “lighter load” and working with natural light & minimal on-camera flash, I can see the benefits of using off-camera lighting for certain occasions & am considering investing in one to use for darker receptions, or studio portraits. Kari helped me see how off-camera lighting can expand my creativity & style.

Kari’s clients, Bill & Rachel, were extremely down-to-earth & sweet. I loved their classic & beautiful wedding style, and sheer enthusiasm for taking portraits. They dedicated a good portion of their timeline to formal portraits, and were always up for suggestions… like when Kari proposed that we go a few blocks away for a river-side location, they agreed without hesitation. During the family portraits, Kari set up an area in the hotel courtyard with her lighting, and while guests mingled around them, efficiently checked off their list of groupings. While I typically shoot family portraits away from guests because I find I can get it done faster, Kari made it look effortless & I was super impressed.

All in all, I learned a lot from Kari and loved her positive & confident “lady boss” demeanor. I’m glad I was able to see what it was like to use off-camera lighting, and work with new people, at a venue I’ve never been to before. Thanks again, Kari, for having me!

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Next time, on “Lessons in Second Shooting,” I’ll be sharing my amazing experience with Athena Kalindi Photography. Stay tuned!

Andrew & Catharine | Wedding @ The Stone House

Grab a cup of tea and get cozy… because I’m finally getting around to blogging my 2019 weddings, and I’m starting with this charming European-American wedding that took place way back in April.

Andrew & Catharine were both transplants living & working in London, when they met and became good friends. They admit, it wasn’t love at first sight for either of them… but one Christmas, when Catharine couldn’t make it back home to the United States, Andrew asked if she’d like to celebrate with him & his family in Ireland, where he grew up. Andrew’s family could see that there was “something” between them even before the couple realized… but it wasn’t long before the sparks couldn’t be tamed any longer.

They planned their Spring wedding in Nevada City (Catharine’s hometown) entirely by themselves from across the world, and did a spectacular job. Every detail was meticulously chosen & had a special meaning to the couple: from their rings & jewelry, which were created especially for them by a close friend… to the cultural traditions they incorporated into their ceremony. I also loved how they chose to support & work with local vendors from their hometowns in Northern California & Ireland. Guests from each corner of their lives flew to be a part of their intimate celebration, and showered them with so much love. There was immense joy & laughter… hilarious speeches & heartfelt moments… and every bit of it I was honored to be a part of! Huge thank you to Andrew, Catharine & their families for making me feel so welcomed… let’s be friends forever, ok?!

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Photography: Kathryn White Photography
Venue: The Stone House
Officiant: Jinnae Anderson
Florist: Little Boy Flowers
Cake: Rachel’s Homemade Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Harter
Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Magee 1866
Groom’s Styling: The Suit Lounge
Invitations: Blush & Gold
Rings & Jewelry: MacAngus Designs