Second & ASSOCIATE Shooting Information

Hey there!  I'm honored to be considered as your associate or second photographer.  As a business owner and primary wedding photographer myself, I understand how important it is to find someone who will be a great match - artistically, professionally, and personally.  Here's some info that might help you determine if we'll make a great team!

  • I have owned my own successful wedding photography business since 2012 and have over 200 weddings under my belt.
  • LGBTQ+ couple?  Love is love is love is love is love.
  • I am fine hanging with either the guys or the girls during the "getting ready" portion of the day - I'm a Tomboy at heart and relate well with the guys, but I can mingle with the ladies just as well.  (I also rock at capturing stunning detail shots!)
  • I'm totally down with doing whatever it takes to get the shot - including (but not limited to) standing knee deep in water, laying in dirt, or climbing trees.  I live for adventure (and great angles)!
  • I have years of teaching experience at all grade levels which has helped me hone my toddler, bridal party, and extended family herding skills - I'm not afraid to use my teacher voice when needed, but will do it with a smile.
  • While working as a teacher I also acquired the ability to eat an entire 4-course meal in under 10 minutes, which also comes in handy on wedding days.
  • I'm a great problem-solver and fast thinker.  (Thanks to those engineering and education degrees I'm no longer using!!)
  • I love dad jokes.
  • I'll arrive 15-30 minutes early by default - earlier if you prefer.
  • Forgot your coffee/water/PowerBars/spare batteries?  Split your pants?  No worries - I can stop and pick some up on my way!
  • I shoot RAW on dual cards and always treat my second-shot images just as I treat my own wedding images.  My own backed up copies have saved a few of my primary shooters in the past when they lost their own copies for various reasons.
  • My liability insurance is current and way-more-than-adequate.
  • When I work for you, I will not market myself in any way.  I hate that I even have to say that, but I have had a few experiences with my own second shooters that made me want to reassure you of my professionalism.
  • I ask for payment when services are rendered and accept PayPal, Venmo, check, or cash.  (As much as I love second shooting, I have outrageous PhD loans and family snowboarding expenses to pay.  Based on my experience and high quality equipment, I ask for $50+ per hour for second shooting and $125+ per hour for associate shooting.  If I'm traveling more than 2 hours away or shooting in a location with crazy parking fees, I ask that some extra travel expenses be thrown in.)
  • You can view more samples of my work here.
  • You can learn more about me here.

 

I currently shoot with the following gear:

Camera Bodies:

  • Canon 5D Mk4
  • Canon 5D Mk3 (x2)

Lenses:

  • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L V3
  • Canon 24mm 1.4L
  • Canon 24-70mm 2.8L V2
  • Canon 35mm 1.4L
  • Canon 50mm 1.2L
  • Canon 50mm 1.8
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8L V2
  • Canon 85mm 1.2L
  • Canon 100mm 2.0
  • Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro
  • Canon 135mm 2.0L

Lighting:

  • Godox V860ii (x3)
  • Godox AD200 (x5)
  • Godox AD600
  • MagMod Flash Diffusers and Light Modifiers
  • Canon 600EX-RTII Speedlite
  • Canon 580EXII Speedlite (x3)
  • Phottix Odin Transmitter and Receivers
  • Einstein E640 Studio Flash Units (x4)
  • Miscellaneous Paul C. Buff Light Modifiers

 

Please contact me via my contact form or email (focus@carriekizuka.com) if you think we'll make a great team and want to chat more!