Working with James Tang Photography


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Thank you so much for your interest in being a part of my team. I hope that this is the beginning of a long and mutual beneficial relationship for both of us. Before we work together, there are specific responsibilities and expectations that I would like set to avoid any misunderstandings or confusions. Please go through the below list and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.


    By working with James Tang Photography you’re fully aware and agreed that your work is part of 1) a contribution to a collective work and/or 2) a compilation and/or 3) a supplementary work. This is a work for hire project, and by nature all photographs captured at each event will be for James Tang Photography. James Tang Photography will have exclusive ownership rights to all photographs captured by all assistants and second shooters. This would include, but not limited to, RAW (in both generic and proprietary file format) and JPEG (and all other digital image file format) files. You are permited to use these photographs for your own portfolio, with proper credit to James Tang Photography.

Assistant responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Secure and locate team’s equipment
  • Move and setup equipment when needed
  • Maintain awareness and update team of timeline
  • Keep check of shot list
  • Assist primary and second shooters when needed
  • Maintain communication and update the team with any changes that may affect the timeline and/or the quality of the images
  • Take candid photos of guests and behind the scene photos of the team


Second shooter responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Follow the set schedule unless the primary photographer made changes
  • Shoot to compliment the primary’s portfolio, not for your own portfolio
  • Keep check of and follow shot list
  • Get the must have safe shots, then be creative
  • Keep the primary updated with any changes that may affect the timeline and/or the quality of the images
  • Shoot at different locations and angles from the primary


Dress code:

  • Comfortable but professional dress code is required (tie, dress shirt/blouse, dress shoes)
  • No baggy/ripped/dirty clothing, jeans, see through dresses, etc.


Code of conduct:

  • Your interaction should always remain professional, friendly, and helpful.
  • Maintain a friendly but strict professional image
  • Do not keep in touch with clients, guests, vendors, venues, or anyone associated with the wedding.  This includes becoming friends, following, exchanging email/phone number, etc.
  • Do not tag anyone associated with the wedding when posting online, this includes but not limited to the clients, guests, other vendors, and the wedding venue.
  • Do not post images publicly before the primary photographer.
  • Do not pose, direct, interupt, or disrupt the primary photographer’s workflow unless explicitly asked to do so by the primary photographer.
  • Do not post images without proper credit (“Captured while working for James Tang Photography”), or misleading, and/or false representation.
  • Avoid using your cell phone.  If you must, please do it discretely.
  • Respond promptly to radio communication.
  • If you’re unsure about something, please check with the primary shooter before you proceed.


Time synchronization:


IRS Form:

  • Prior to working with James Tang Photography as a second shooter, I request that you fill out the IRS W9 Form. This is so we can issue you a 1099 at the end of the year.

Thank you and I’m looking forward to working with you.



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