| p.1 #17 · What's the best way to get the word out that you're available as an assistant/second shooter? |
I'm okay with that. If that's how it's done, I'm ok with grinding. I just wanted to see if there were any other ways of getting the word out there.
I see your point but who says that if I learn and get experience from you, I won't send business your way when the time comes? If I assist, or am taken on as a 2nd shooter, and I eventually go off on my own, I'm sure I'm not gonna be able to take on every job that comes my way. I will, however, be able to refer the potential...Show more →
Lots of "ifs" and "maybe's" in your last paragraph. Why is someone going to take the time to "teach" you, only to have you leave and become the competition ? It will happen. There's no mystery there.
If you have mad skills already, then show them your website and work. If you are looking to learn on someone else's dime, good luck. Most photographers already have shooters who they trust, produce what they need and have a great relationship with. Why are they going to take a chance on someone they know nothing about ?
YOU have to bring to the table what YOU can offer the photographer, not the other way around. Promises for future referrals are all smoke and mirrors. We hear that all the time and not only from photographers.
I had many years of "people" and Model photography experience before I reluctantly got into the wedding industry. Started as a second based on my real world experience, then moved into main and my own business.
Promises mean nothing from strangers. Best way to learn and see if you have the chops to be successful in wedding photography is to offer to shoot some friends and families weddings for FREE. Get the experience. Advertise on Craigslist, network with acquaintances. Develop your samples, then market yourself, OR just go out on your own. Many shooters here never worked as seconds.