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It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with fellow photographer, Tim Collins of Plinkk Photography, as a beta tester for his new iPhone App for Wedding Photographers called Second Shootr. It has been approved by Apple and should be available either today or in the very near future.
Second Shootr is a very cool app developed by wedding photographers, for wedding photographers to help you with all aspects of your planning and execution of your next event. Here’s how it works:
When you open the app you first create a client entry by inputting the bride’s name, groom’s name and the event date. Once you have your event setup, you have the option to insert contact information for your clients including their addresses – which, when clicked, you will be shown where it is on the integrated Google Maps – their email addresses – which will allow you to send them messages from right within the app – and call them.
Though fully customizable to enter event-specific details, the default options in the Questionnaire section provide you with an organized place to store all of your important information about the event such as the locations for bride and groom preparation and where the ceremony and reception will be held. If you like, you can edit your default settings to include other vital data that will help the big day run smoother.
After the basics are taken care of you can start inserting people. Organized by the bride’s side and the groom’s side, you can keep track of who’s who and where they fit into the mix. If there are specific events you want to be sure to shoot – like the rehearsal dinner, decorating for the ceremony or reception, cake cutting, tossing the bouquet, the couple’s exit, etc. – you can easily enter the date, time and location right into the app so you will be sure to stay on track. There is even a spot for additional notes about the event so you can remind yourself who will be there, landmarks to remember for the drive to the location, or whatever.
The next stop is the photos section. Here, you have the opportunity to make a shot list before you get to the wedding so you are sure to catch all the major moments you need, and that the couple expects. Also, you can setup the different group shots and who might be in them so you don’t leave anyone out. You can even take an additional shot with your iPhone camera from within the app so you know you got the shot and so you have a reference when it comes time to edit.
Also included are a Kit List and a To Do List so you can stay on top of what you need to bring (and how many) and what you need to do as you get ready for the event (like charge your batteries, format your memory cards, etc.).
Overall, I think Tim and his team have done an excellent job with this app. Even though I am not a wedding photographer, myself, I can really see how this would be the perfect companion for anyone trying to keep all the details of a full schedule of weddings straight. They’ve really thought of everything and have put it all in a very intuitive and easy to use interface so you can focus on the photography without getting bogged down with the other “stuff”.
The one thing that I would’ve liked to have seen, though Tim tells me he hadn’t considered that and it might make it into a future release, is for the option to setup other types of clients other than just weddings – such as family and corporate portrait clients, bar mitzvahs, and other events.
Second Shootr will run you $6.99 US and, as I said above, should be available for direct download from their site today. Head over there for complete info and head out with your Second Shootr for your next wedding!
*Disclosure: Though this review, as with all of my reviews, is my honest and unbiased opinion about the product I did receive a free, final release version of version 1.0 in exchange for writing a review.