Why having a Professional Second Photographer is Important.

I was asked once...

 "If you are a husband and wife photography team then why is your business called Meagan Sharum Photography?"

At first I felt like I was getting judged, I would never want anyone to think that I feel like my artwork is any better than anyone else's!

Then I realized, it was an honest question and they had a reason to ask! The reason is this, I started this career by photographing portraits and weddings on my own. At times Justin would be there to help me with my gear and lighting. He observed, learned and developed a passion, so he picked up a camera and joined me. Justin is my second photographer- I'm am in charge of e-mailing clients, returning phone calls, advertising and social media and because I can't do everything and Justin does still have his own personal fitness coaching career- (www.justinsharum.com)  I also get some help from our hired assistant.  

If you ask me Second photographers should NOT be there just to capture details that the main photographer doesn't feel like capturing. When hiring a photography TEAM your photographers should be just that. BEWARE of those photographers who have people tag along with them and act like a 2nd photographer. Some do this just to say that they have one. Some hire random 2nd photographers (people who want to learn the trade) Don't get me wrong there is NOTHING wrong with teaching but in my opinion- If your clients ask for two professionals... they should get two professionals. SO... here is the thing...

 

YOU WANT US AS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS, NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE TAKE PRETTY PICTURES.

As Husband and wife we know each other better than anyone. We are best friends and we have been working together for so long that we pretty much read each others minds whenever it comes to taking photos during weddings. There is a book that Justin read.. (I admit I need to read it too) and its called Personality Plus. What we have learned from it is that Justin is what you call a sanguine melancholy.. Myself? I'm a choleric... What does that mean? 

Meagan's positive traits are

  • powerful in jobs that require quick decisions
  • powerful in spots that need instant action and accomplishments
  • in areas that demand strong control and authority 
  • (Pretty much I'm just bossy..haha)

Justin's positive traits are are follows

  • dealing with people enthusiastically
  • expressing thoughts with excitement 
  • up-front positions of attention
  • attenting to details in deep thinking

With reading only a tiny bit of this book and learning more about our personality types- it really made me realize that Justin and I really do make the perfect team. During a typical wedding, you'll see me focused on task and I'll be the one working from our scheduled timeline making sure things go smoothly. Justin likes to call me a photo "sniper" I love to focus on shooting more of a candid and photo journalistic approach.

Now Justin?.. Justin loves people.. he talks to everyone and he really is best at helping people feel relaxed, he jokes around and helps our clients feel less stressed while taking their photos. 

Justin has been my second photographer for over 4 years now. So when choosing us I want you to know that you are not just getting a "so so" second photographer.

Not only is he the life of the party...

(I know its not the best photo of you Justin haha BUT I just love this one) 

(I know its not the best photo of you Justin haha BUT I just love this one) 

but Justin has captured SO many amazing images that are included in our portfolio. Actually a TON of my favorite images displayed on this website are his. Here are some of my favorites  

 

And because we can't photograph a wedding without Justin dancing with at least one person on the dance floor heres a little collage.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE FUN WHILE DOING YOUR JOB, WHAT'S THE POINT? 

Justin and I LOVE what we do, We love that we get to meet new people, laugh, capture memories and create memories of our own while doing it.

We have the best job in the world! We really do!

We will not only make you feel comfortable, treat you as friends but we will have fun with you while doing it and we will BOTH give you incredible photos and memories to look back on. Let us PROVE it to you!  

 I wanted to write this blog... (JUST IN TIME FOR JUSTIN'S BIRTHDAY!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!  

(everyone make sure to wish him a happy birthday in the comments!)

I also wanted to write this to let him know that I 100% whole heartedly appreciate him. He works so hard and he deserves to be put into the limelight. He Is such an incredible photographer and EVERYONE needs to know it! SO for those of you looking for Wedding photographers..

Look no further We got this! 

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ALSO IF YOU HAVENT READ ABOUT OUR MOST RECENT VERY EXCITING CHANGES TO OUR BUSINESS CHECK OUT THAT BLOG HERE!