Tuesday Photography Tips & Tricks | Secret Service Shooter!

Hey all! This weeks tips and tricks photography blog is about none other than communicating like a Secret Service agent/ninja! Let’s jump right in!

When we are out shooting weddings, we have to be a lot of things to a lot of people. From tie tier (one who ties ties), dress bustler (one who bustles dresses), cake cutting instructor, to being the impromptu wedding planner! We have lots of jobs at the wedding, but the most important one is of course, being the photographer. And nothing is worse when shooting with a spouse, a second or an assistant and not being able to stay in constant communication.

The hardest thing during a ceremony is trying to get another person’s attention when they are across the room or the on the other side of the vineyard, especially when you need them in two seconds AND they are totally in your shot (I, Zach am never in Jody’s shots just for the record ;) so, we need a way to stay in touch without having to pull out the cell phone and have guests thinking that we are updating our Facebook status.

Insert awesome walkie talkies!

(Thanks to Instagram for the photo!)

Jody and I have been using these bad boys for the last few years and let us tell you, not only do you look cool as all get out, but they really come in handy when you need to chat! We can’t tell you how many times we have needed to say something really fast in order to get the other person’s attention to be able to nail a shot, get something done or just say I love you (ahhhh, he is sooo sweet!).

So, what do you need to look for when investing in some of these bad boys? Check the list!

Walke Talkies (for the record, these Secret Service EarBuds are way more awesome and easier to shoot with than the headsets that come with the link)

We use the Midland GXT series radios. As you can see, they have been used and abused, but they are still working great! They are easy to use, come with a charging stand (and batteries last all day with no problem), have tons of channels in case you get interference, go about 11 miles and have a “call” button that vibrates the other radios to get their attention. So cool!

Now how cool is that?! As mentioned above, the Ear Buds that come with the radios are really generic and sound awful, so investing in the Secret Service style ones will not only help you hear each other better, but also make you look really cool. They are actually pretty inconspicuous and also have a cool talk back button that can be clipped inside your shirt or sleeve so you don’t have to grab the radio while talking. We love these radios and it helps us shoot the wedding better! So get out there and get your Secret Service action on!


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  • http://www.12-1photographyblog.com Reid

    We just had a meeting last night and were talking about getting these! So Stoked you put this up and I’m totally buying them right now!

  • http://www.joannethomas.wordpress.com Joanne Thomas

    I just got a blog going now for several months and now I realize how I love to get comments and help on my photography. I am 2nd shooting two weddings so far this summer–and the walkie talkies sound great especially the ear bud set up. We used them we we drove from Florida to Seattle in two vehicles and it was a lifesave and a blast. We have a couple of sets and they really do aid in communication and your idea is priceless–yes you could do an ad–walkie talkies $xxxx, super duper ear bud set up $xxxx, communication–priceless. Yep That works. Thanks for all the tips and tricks. God bless.

  • http://conner-photography.com Shannon Conner

    Thanks for the post! We’ve been looking to get something like this, so it was great to hear real-life feedback :)

  • http://jessidpotography.com Jessi D

    So rad! I will be trying this :)

  • http://cahartman.com CA

    I’m not only happy to have this valuable insight, BUT (and this is rare in our field), they are affordable, too! Nice.

  • http://www.duoimagery.com John Detweiler

    this is awesome! we might have to try this :) thanks for sharing

  • http://www.momentsshared.com Jenn

    I have been looking for just such a set of walkies and it’s always good to see a trusted review! I purchased a set right after reading this post, thank you!

  • http://www.amphotographyblog.com Amanda

    Great idea! I always think the iPhone does it all, but this would be way more practical and professional looking.

  • http://www.limestonefilms.com Limestone Films

    We use this exact setup as well. Works wonderfully. Couldn’t do without it.

  • http://www.figlewiczphoto.com Casey & Andrea Figlewicz

    Sweet! We are getting some!

  • http://www.stephowens.com Steph Owens

    I worked with a wonderful photog from Cali a few weeks ago and she uses walk talkies and it was the best thing ever to be able to communicate~ and you are right… they feel super cool too… being in CIA stealth mode. ha! I have actually been online searching for the right ones. One question though~ are the “secret service” head pieces universal?

  • http://lydiaphotography.com Lydia

    I’ll have to look into this set! My second shooter and I usually communicate through bluetooth earpieces connected to our cell phones, but sometimes we don’t have the best reception. Cool idea!

  • Andee

    You two are awesome! Wish I was a fly on the wall at one of your shoots! Watched you on PHOTOVISON and love your work, your energy and the fact you get along so well!