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Second Shooter Workshop // The Biz

SSW.bb_0001The idea for this workshop started from a conversation over tacos and margaritas (and beer for me). A conversation about how much we rely on our second shooters during weddings and how we wish we could handpick who they are.

So here we are.

Doing just that.

We all started somewhere.

We all had someone teach us the ropes, show us how to photograph a wedding party, carry three bouquets simultaneously and photograph cocktail hour like a pro.

...and now we want to give back. Coming from five different successful wedding photography businesses and backgrounds, we’re putting together a one-day workshop for up and coming second shooters and wedding photography professionals. For those movers and shakers who have the passion, but just need the chance; those who need the know-how, the portfolio images and the step-by-step to get started. We want to pour into you with all that we know so that when everything is said and done, you’re ready to come alongside us at our weddings!


The Gadsden House, one of the newest and most beautiful wedding venues in Historic Downtown Charleston


January 9, 2016 starting at 10:00am until sunset


Five Charleston-based wedding photographers who are obsessed with weddings...and each other: Dana Cubbage Weddings, Jenna Marie Weddings, Taylor Rae Photography, Sara Bee Photography and yours truly, Caroline Ro.


$350.00! This will include all-day teaching from the five of us, shooting demonstrations and a unique styled shoot for you to photograph. And yes, you’ll be able to keep the images for your portfolio!


We’ll be focusing on how to become an ideal second shooter. Everything from what to wear, how to photograph the bridal party on your own, how to interact with wedding day vendors, on and off camera lighting techniques, how to add value as a second shooter and more. We could (and will) talk for hours about second shooting! Most of us started as second shooters and later transitioned into running our own businesses, so we’re passionate about you having the best experience.


If you’ve been wanting to get your toes wet in the wedding industry, if you have your own photography gear and a passion to learn, this is right up your alley. Make sure you email us with your official application so we can get to know you better!


We are so excited about this workshop but also realize that this may not be the right opportunity for everyone. To officially apply, email us at with the following information by November 15:

-Your name

-A list of the gear you own (or regularly work with if you rent)

-Your history and experience with photography and/or weddings

-Do you shoot in manual mode? Or do you use automatic/aperture or shutter priority?

-Why you are interesting in taking this hobby and passion to the next level by attending this workshop

-A link to where we can see your work

-Atleast one before and after of an image before and after editing (in other words, include a copy of the image straight out of camera and after your edits)




If your schedule only allows for partial day attendance, we’d still love to have you. Note that the price still remains the same and from a photographers’ perspective, it’s more enticing to want to work with someone who has been learning with us the entire day.


Unfortunately, no. We’ve planned for each and every one of you coming so payments aren’t refundable. Spots are transferable to individuals who complete an approved application. Emai us if this situation arises.


While second shooter opportunities with us are not guaranteed, you will be armed with the skills and knowledge required to be a valuable second shooter to us should the opportunity arise in the future! We are always looking for reliable second shooters to add to our team, so more than likely, you will have the opportunity to work with one or more of us in the future!


The five of us live and breathe weddings all day, every day. The workshop will be specially centered around wedding photography so if you have some hesitation about jumping into weddings, this may not be the right opportunity for you.


Yes! We’ll be bringing a professional team of vendors-rental furniture, hair and makeup, a real bride and groom dressed to the nines, florals and more! You’ll be able to use the images for your portfolio, website, social media and more. The only thing off limits will be selling or submitting your images to any print or online publication.

Internship // The Biz

For the last while, I've had such a heart for teaching. Weddings, portraits, giving back and storytelling are things that I believe in so strongly and I'm always wanting to introduce others to my love for these things.

I am so excited to announce that I will be taking on an INTERN for the months of May and June (and potentially beyond those months).

This individual will come along to all shoots, weddings and meetings I have with clients, couples and potential clients but also be with me at my home office for 1-2 days a week in addition to having assignments at home.

If I were honest, I can maintain things on my own. So that being said, this internship isn't about me. It's about you.

I'll be here to answer any questions you may have and teach you what I know-from how I work with couples, how I balance work/life, how I organize thousands of images, to how I pay my taxes (just kidding…I don't know how to do that. I let  someone else to do it).

So that being said, this is a shooting internship but even more of a non-shooting and mentoring time for us together.

Being a photographer and running a business is so much more than simply taking photos; it's about loving your clients well, your people well, sitting in front of the computer a lot, and figuring things out along the way.


I'm looking for a (flexible) 10hr/week (+weddings on weekends) commitment with interested individuals having:

*An interest in wedding photography

*A basic knowledge of photography and editing skills

*Their own gear, equipment and computer

*A willingness to learn

Interested individuals!

Please email with the subject line INTERN by April 22 at midnight. Include a resume, a link to a current portfolio/website and answers to the following questions:

-Why are you interested in this internship?

-What do you hope to gain from this internship?

-What is something you've fought for over the last 5 years?

I can't wait!

The Don't Give Up Project // The Biz

As a photographer, the Don't Give Up Workshop had been on my bucket list for a while. So when I saw the dates released, I signed up immediately without knowing any details.

Those 2 1/2 days in the mountains of Colorado with a small handful of other photographers from all across the country completely surpassed my expectations. I'm still having conversations about it months later and know that I still will years to come. I truly believe that this was the most important workshop or conference I'll ever go to. Hands down.

It was 2 days of dinner and wine under the stars, learning the art of storytelling through one of my favorite books, listening-truly listening-to each others' stories and reiterating the value in what we do as photographers.

The gift that Ashley and Jeremy Parsons have to teach, tell stories and love people…I'll be eternally grateful to have learned from them. I'm constantly intimidated by others in this industry but for reasons that are intertwined with my own battles of comparison, reputation and success. After hearing the Parsons' story, I was intimidated by them too. But for how genuine they are. How vulnerable they were with us strangers; intimidated in a way that made me want to do the same in my own life.

I feel like I'm still processing everything that I took in, heard and learned. The biggest thing I keep dwelling on is the weight and honor in what I get to do as a wedding photographer. As wedding photographers, it's not that we have to do this but it's that we get to do this. We're a part of the building and documenting someone's legacy. And that process is so much more in-depth than most will ever understand. This job isn't about efficiency, formulas and workflows; it's about relationships. It isn't about shooting according to industry trends and getting published, it's about the people. It's about walking through struggle and joy with the people we do life with and work with. People who have stories and people who matter.

As a photographer, we get the honor of hearing (and being a part of) somebody's story. And in order to capture people well, you have to be willing to do that first. You have to know somebody's story before trying to make photos of them.

So photographers, give that honor to those that you photograph. Get to know them, hear their story, truly care about them…and then be their photographer.

(Bethany Michaela did a great job at capturing the days we were together so the photographs below are a mix of mine and hers)





(BM)Ashley and Jeremy showed us the entire process of what it looked like for them to interview, hire and photograph a couple. Check out the (incredible) photos they captured of Lucy and Steven here.



After seeing the Parsons photograph, we were immediately partnered off and were given one hour to make three photos that matter of our partner. The requirement: you have to hear their story first.

Hugh may be one of my new favorite people (and photographers, hot damn, he's good at what he does!). And the photos he captured of me below…I've never seen more true images of myself.







The final morning, we woke up at surmise to photograph Jessi and Alex, who came out to Colorado to cook (gourmet meals, ya'll) and help

Eternally grateful.

Year in review-2013//my life//the biz

The past twelve months were…amazing; filled with adventure, bold moves and big life changes, it was beyond what I could have asked or imagined. Of course, not everything has been glamorous but overall, God has blessed me beyond what I deserve.

2013 was an incredible year and I'm so glad to have been able to share some of that you all here, on my website and on Instagram.

Here's a little look into the past twelve months:

Shooting 25 weddings and 30 portrait sessions

Attending a workshop by Justin & Mary Marantz

Modeling in styled wedding shoots for Southern Weddings Magazine and The Lovely Find blog

Designing and shooting a killer styled shoot themed around how to give back in your wedding (it will run soon)

Features on The Lovely Find, The Wedding Row, The Knot blog and The Silver Starfish

Moving into Club Perry with three lovely and wonderful roommates

Designing and building installation pieces for The A21 Campaign

Three trips to the west coast

Being photographed by my friends Hannah, Lucy and Michelle Gardella

The third annual road trip with my friends, this year driving from Seattle to San Diego

Switching my website over to ShowIt, one of the best and service-driven photography communities

Driving with my brother out to Denver, Colorado

Attending the Pursuit 31 Conference in Rome, Georgia

Beginning meeting regularly with these women, focusing on being Wild+Free in our businesses

Graduating College of Charleston with a BS in Psychology (about halfway through all that)

Those past 12 months…it's almost hard to believe 2014 can top that, but I'll surely try.

I don't know what this past year looked like for you-the joy or the pain, the change or the comfort but I hope you'll give this new year a chance. One of my favorite organizations, To Write Love On Her Arms, always writes about the new year in such a beautiful way.

I hope you'll join me in making 2014 the best year yet.


"...Will you fight? Will you fight to be healthy? Will you fight to be free? Will you fight for your story? Will you fight to get the help you need? Change takes more than a moment, but maybe there's also something to this celebration of a moment, something to the way it speaks to us, something to the way we fear it, and dream it to be true. Maybe it's the most honest moment of the year. It's possible to change. Welcome to Midnight. Here's to the possibilities."

-Jamie Tworkowski

DENVER+Charleston-based International Wedding Photographer
I would love to document your wedding near or far.

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