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Back in the winter when I took a poll about what everyone would love to see more of on the blog, a ton of people wanted to hear from Michael more!! Don’t worry, I’m not offended. He’s a cool guy:) And he has a lot to share too!! Michael has been second shooting with me for years and years. What most people don’t realize is that he has been shooting with me since BEFORE we joined forces in 2013! Michael helped me all the way through college and that really helped us transition into being a husband/wife team very easily.

Michael’s job on a wedding day isn’t easy. He’s constantly working behind the scenes to help make my life easier and I’ll never be able thank him enough for that. He drives us to weddings, preps our gear and then shoots a full day and drives us home. I honestly don’t know what I did without him!!! Today I want all of you second shooter’s out there to hear from Michael and learn about the shots he consistently tries to accomplish at every wedding! It’s not always a perfect situation but he always tries to get as many of these shots as possible!

Michael has compiled a list of all of the must-have shots that he shoots during a wedding day and I was going to copy and paste it into this blog post but then I had a better idea! I decided to create a downloadable PDF so that you all can save this checklist on your computer, phone or ipad! ENJOY!!! And let Michael know how wonderful he is! He’s the one that compiled all of this info!


To see us working behind the scenes, visit THIS link!

To read more of our education posts, visit THIS link!

BIG thank you to the sweet Jenna Joseph for this photo of us behind the scenes!

xoxo, Katelyn
13 Comments Ask Anything, Education
  1. kari reply

    Love this!!!xoxoxo

  2. Christina Cohen reply

    This is SOO smart of you! Thanks!!

  3. Megan Kelsey Marcus reply

    This is awesome Michael!! Super informative and detailed! Love hearing about your perspective throughout the entire wedding day and exactly what you are doing at any given moment. Thanks!!!!

  4. Anna Montgomery reply

    I love this! Thank you, Michael! Can’t wait to use this at the wedding I am second shooting on Saturday!

  5. Elizabeth reply

    Thank you!!!

  6. rach. reply

    you’re blog is so beautiful! i love the layout so much, and offering free downloads? great!

    i’d love if you could check out mine and tell me what you think! :)

    keep up the good work!

    love, rach.–

  7. Christina reply

    This is great info! Thanks for sharing! Quick question, who (and when) gets the shots of the reception area when no guests are there? It seems like the reception area is never ready until right before the dinner! Also, do you ever struggle when the ceremony and reception are in two different locations? Do you split up at that point?

    • Katelyn James reply

      Sometimes we split up if there is no way that I can get to the venue before the guest arrive. Michael will start shooting the details until I get there after I finish b&G portraits! I normally do the reception detail shots myself before the ceremony if they are in the same place!

  8. Eliot Graeme reply

    Your second shooter download takes you to a store that no longer works

    Just a heads up

  9. slope reply

    Love hearing about your perspective throughout the entire wedding day and exactly what you are doing at any given moment. Thanks!!!!

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    I love this! Thank you, Michael!

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  12. Lenny face reply

    You are absolutely right about it. I have experienced this for my friend’s wedding and it has taken so long to wait for pictures, so that I’ve decided to have 2 photographers for mine for better one.

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