What’s In Your Bag?

by Amy on July 31, 2014

Must Haves Second Shooters

Since I always go into an assisting or second shooting job with the intention of carrying as much of the lead photographer’s gear as possible, I try to pack my own bag on the light side. Aside from the actual camera gear I need for the day, here are five “must have” items that I ALWAYS make room for in my bag:

1. At least one extra copy of the time line and any group photo lists (plus some extra pens to cross off shots as we go)
Yes, the lead photographer probably has at least one paper copy and may have it loaded on his or her phone. But they have saved the day on more than one occasion. I make notes and check in with the DJ or wedding coordinator at reception time to see if there are any changes or updates and pass them along to the lead. *Bonus* If there is a lot of travel involved, I also print out travel directions. I’ve seen more than one GPS get cranky at a very inopportune moment.

2. Several of the lead shooter’s business cards
While the lead photographer is doing portraits or other important shots, I am often charged with detail shots of the reception room, cake and decor. This means I may meet important fellow vendors like florists, bakers and catering staff that might not meet the lead photographer. I always take a moment to share the lead’s contact information and make sure the vendors know I am working on their behalf. If I see guests asking the lead photographer about where/when they might be able to see the photographs, I’m also able to save the lead a little time by passing on a business card.

3. Water and easy to eat snacks
I bring these items for myself, so it’s not any trouble to add extra for the lead. I also try to refill our water supply whenever I have a chance. If there’s no travel involved, I also try to have a little cooler in my trunk with a PB&J sandwich or two and extra water. I never rely on “we’re supposed to get fed.” 🙂

4. Small first aid/emergency kit
Headaches happen. Blisters happen. You spill something on your shirt. That’s why Amy is loaded up with ibuprofen, bandaids and her trusty Tide to Go Pen!

5. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes
I see that confused look on your face. But weddings are long, sweaty affairs. And a quick swipe of a unisex-scented cucumber wipe is like a super boost of energy and comfort.* Trust me. They are magical. And if you keep them in a cooler so they are a little chilly? Whoa. Life. Changing.

So, what about you? How has a second shooter saved your day? What do you wish he or she would have had with them at your last gig? Hop on over to Facebook and let me know with a comment!

*Not an affiliate link. The Say Yes peeps are not giving me anything. I’m tooting their horn out of my own free will and experiences. 🙂


Who You Gonna Call? A Second Shooter!

by Amy on July 9, 2014

Atlanta second shooter

Here are some things I love:
1. my day job (*not* photography related)
2. photography

So how does a girl make that work? SECOND SHOOTING! I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE second shooting. I worked so many amazing events up in Chicagoland with my lovely photographer friends (like Edyta, who took the photos above at one of the weddings I worked with her in Chicago), and I just can’t wait to get fired back up here in metro Atlanta. I’ve already had an opportunity to work with the very talented Jason Mundie and Martine Beher.

A lot of photographers are hesitant to bring in a second shooter (especially if they have been burned in the past). In the coming days, I’ll let you know why I am the perfectly perfect second photographer for you, but for now, let me work on convincing you that you could use a second shooter.

And what better way to do it, than in song? Everyone, join in! (to the tune of Ghostbusters, peeps!)

When the Church Lady
won’t let you move around,
Who you gonna call?
A second shooter!

Groomsmen are drunk
and they don’t wanna pose,
Who you gonna call?
A second shooter!

♪♫ I ain’t ‘fraid of no drunks!
♪♫ I ain’t ‘fraid of no drunks!

Bags of gear
weighing down your back,
Who you gonna call?
A second shooter!

Cocktail hour
while you have portraits,
Who you gonna call?
A second shooter!

♪♫ I ain’t ‘fraid of no guests!
♪♫ I ain’t ‘fraid of no guests!

If you’re all alone
just pick up the phone
and call



by Amy on May 19, 2014

My mom LOVES dogwood trees. She tried her best to get them to grow back home in Chicagoland, but alas, they just would not take root. So about a month ago, when the trees were in full bloom, I snuck out early one morning to photograph dogwoods, dogwoods and more dogwoods! One of these days, I will make some prints and send them her way. My intention was to send them off by Mother’s Day, but we all know about good intentions, right? I hope you’ll enjoy this little bit of springtime.

Pink Dogwood Blooms

many pink dogwood flowers

pink spring dogwood blooms in Atlanta

white atlanta dogwood blooms

white dogwood flower in atlanta

Like these photos? Check out even more Atlanta Dogwoods in bloom on Facebook!


Oh, Hello There. It’s Me, Amy.

by Amy on August 30, 2013

*clears throat* Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooo, visitors to Amy Beth Photography! Long time no see! Like 17 months no see! What have I been up to all this time? Let me use Instagram to tell you the tale!

Hmm. Well, I planned a wedding.

Wedding planning checklist


I ran a few 5Ks

Atlanta photographer runs 5k on Thanksgiving in Long Grove, IL


I lifted weights (that’s me in the red top) (photo via CrossFit Arlington Heights)



I got married

Wedding photographer gets married


I moved from the Chicago suburbs (my home of 36 years) to Atlanta

Amy Beth Photography leaves Chicago for Atlanta

Windfarm in Indiana

Roadside attraction in KY or TN

Amy Beth Photography moves from Chicago to Atlanta


I ran another 5K or two

OTP photographer runs 5K in Athens, GA

2013 Shamrock N Roll 5K in Atlanta


Went to an Atlanta Falcons playoff game

Pre-game festivities at Atlanta Falcons playoff game


Took a semi-honeymoon trip to Florida (and brought along Sharkness the honey badger, so he could meet his brethren at the Naples Zoo)

Road trip to Florida with Sharkness the honey badger


I got a horrible sunburn. In MARCH.

Awful sunburn in March in Atlanta


I moved again (to Roswell, GA – cutting hours off my weekly commute!)

Roswell, GA apartment floor plan



And I took a lovely business trip to Portland, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine

So you know, just mostly sitting around not doing anything. 😉

I’m just about ready to get Amy Beth Photography back up and running, but I will not be taking wedding commissions at this time. If you’re interested in setting up a family or couples session in the Metro Atlanta area, fire off an email to amy@amybethphotography.com or stay tuned for more information!


Technology Break!

by Amy on March 2, 2012

Greetings my dear blog oglers! Just a super quick note to let website visitors know that I will be away from all things technological from Friday afternoon until Sunday night. I’ll be returning all emails and voicemails received beginning Monday evening. I’m much looking forward to a little break from the constant glow of tech gadgets and I suggest you try to take some time to work a break into your schedule whenever possible. Life unplugged is lovely!

While I’m here, let me introduce you to my Tumblr. Actually, I prefer the archive view so I can see lots of pretties at once. My Tumblr is where you can find all things iPhone and instagram. I love, love, love my iPhone and while it’s not as fancy as the cameras I use to capture your special moments, it is possibly my favorite camera. It was all I took on my recent trip to New York (I got to see Saturday Night Live, well, live – how awesome is that?) and I didn’t regret it once. Because a post on a photo blog is worthless without photos, enjoy a few iPhone photos from the trip!

Instagram tilt shift of Times Square in New York
Instagram view from the Empire State Building on an overcast morning
Black and white iphoneography of skaters at Rockefeller Center in New York

Have a fantastic weekend!