"Terry, there's nothing weird about another guy photographing you in your duds"
As a second shooter it's my job to document the boys getting ready and in particular the groom. I arrived at the Traveston property early in the afternoon to photograph Terry and his mates as they got ready. The guest house was tiny and dark but had great window light. Once everyone was ready we headed outside to say 'cheers' and jump on the bikes. I took the shot below while riding in the tray of a ute on the drive down to the ceremony.
In between shooting the Groom and waiting for the ceremony to start I photograph all the smaller details that are ready such as the signage, bridal table and reception hall, personal effects and candid portraits of guests.
Always on the ready for the Dad and Daughter moments.
During the ceremony I work hard to get opposing angles to the main photographer and make sure I am out of their shots. If they are shooting wide, I'm usually shooting long and vice versa. Once the formals begin, its my time to capture the guests and if required shadow the main photographer during the formals and always keeping an eye out for distracting elements in the shot or just assisting.
For a second shooter I have a fairly good and reliable Nikon kit, shooting with both D800 and D610 full frame bodies. I will generally stick to a 24-70 F2.8 and a 70-200 F2.8 lens for the ceremony but will rotate through 18-35, 35 F1.8, 50 F1.8, 85 F1.8 lenses for the preparations and candid images. For receptions and darker ceremonies I will use a Nikon SB-910 and SB-600 speed lights both on the camera and remotely triggered. Sometimes I will also have a pair of Fuji X-T1's with me and shoot with 18 F2, 35 F1.4 and 60 F2.4 Macro.
Backing up images is a huge concern of mine, both Nikon cameras will be set up to shoot back up to second card and I will swap out new cards in three stages over the day, preparations, ceremony, and reception, so that there is less chance of losing a full day of shooting. After the shoot I will upload to my PC and then make a back up to two external drives, one that gets swapped over monthly with an off site copy and a second to a portable drive that goes every where with me. The memory cards are not wiped until I have backed up to at least 3 different locations and delivered to images.