I ♥ Second Shooting Weddings | Carey Ann Johnson, a premier wedding & portrait photographer

April 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment



Currently, I am a "boutique" photographer who shoots an array of photography genres to include weddings and portraits.  As a growing photographer, I continue to build my client base and network regularly with other talented photographers in my area.  Since I am still in the initial stages of building the wedding side of my business, I have branched out independently to assist and second shoot for other wedding photographers who can benefit from my experience ... and vice versa


Why hire me to assist or second shoot?  For several reasons, but mainly for my ability to deliver quality and emotionally, story driven photographs.  As the industry of photography, especially wedding photography, continues to grow, so should we as photographers and we should take that extra initiative to learn as much as we can from each other.  As a second shooter or even as an assistant, I get to learn different techniques and shooting styles, not to mention some wedding day challenges I might not yet have experienced, all the while getting to share what I know, too - a great benefit for everyone in the mix.


Not all weddings are the same, however, I am extremely familiar with the flow of a traditional wedding and more than able to jump in with both feet.  For those less than traditional weddings, I am an excellent communicator and pride myself on getting to know just what each primary photographer's needs and expectations are, and coordinate with them to make sure everything about that day runs smoothly.  I have a background of working well under pressure and major time constraints, so my friendly smile and personality comes in handy when we work together as a team to deliver and make the client HAPPY!


From arriving early to assist with equipment packing/unpacking; lighting setups; shooting the venue, details, pre-ceremony prep, ceremony and reception backup; wedding party roundup and formals; backing up and/or culling images, ETC., I've got you covered.



My experience is as a Canon shooter with a mix of lenses.  As for lighting, I am experienced with both on and off camera flash and lighting techniques using speedlites and stobes.  Also, you have the option to hire me to shoot with my equipment and/or with yours.  Currently, my available equipment includes:

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS
  • Sigma 35mm 1.4
  • Canon 50mm 1.4
  • Canon 85mm 1.8
  • Multiple Speedlites
  • CF Cards (prefer to shoot with primary's cards, however, I do have my own ranging in 4 to 16 gbs)



My rates are negotiable depending on dates, time and location, however, I do require a minimum of 4 hours of service.  Depending on location, a minimal travel fee may be necessary.

  • Wedding Assistant - $15-20 hr. depending on primary's needs
  • Wedding Second Shooter - $45 hr. (w/my equipment) or $35 hr. (w/your equipment)


Again, I absolutely love working and networking with wedding photographers and professionals in my area and should you wish to inquire as to my availability, feel free to contact me via carey@photographybyblankslate.com.




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