CRYSTAL VANANTWERPEN
SECOND SHOOTER PORTFOLIO

100% displaying my Stitch Fix selections, hence the tag hanging off my pants, haha!

100% displaying my Stitch Fix selections, hence the tag hanging off my pants, haha!

I've been photographing weddings since 2012 as both a lead photographer and a second shooter.  I enjoy second shooting, dare I say it, maybe even a bit MORE than main shooting weddings (less pressure, more creativity!).  I've worked with quite a few different photographers over the past several years and understand that everyone has their own unique shooting style and flow of the day.   I'm ready to do whatever it is that you need me to take care of to make your day go a little smoother and get the type of photos that you need to fill out the set from the day. 

My current gear list is growing, and it includes:
(2) Canon 5D Mark III (Full frame)
Canon 70-200 2.8 V2
Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art

Sigma 85mm 1.4 (Pre art series but was told they built them with the same specs as the art series… takes amazing photos)
Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro
Canon 50mm 1.4 (share this one with my husband, so if you require it, please inform me. I don’t normally use it much)
Canon 16-35mm 4.0 (also share this lens with my husband, so please ask to ensure that I have it, if you require it)
Yongnuo Speedlights & transceivers/receivers (3 of each) & stands for off-camera use
Ice Light & barn doors

As I obtain more equipment, I will update this list.

I do also have a pretty extensive collection of Profoto lights, which I do not bring to second shooting gigs, unless you specifically request them and want me to use them for portraits or something and you have an assistant to help with them. I do not bring these for any second shooting gig that pays less than $350.

These include:
Profoto B1X (2 of these) (Great for bright sunny days to balance subjects. These are really heavy lights so require an assistant to help carry them and move them while shooting)
Profoto A1 (2 of these) (I use these mainly just on camera, or they work well when the sun isn’t too harsh or in the evening to help spotlight the subjects)
Profoto B2 (This one is connected to an external battery, so needs an assistant to hang onto all of that)
Various modifiers and softboxes

I live in Muskegon but I actually like driving and don’t have any issues with travel. I have second shot weddings in Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, South Haven, St. Joseph, South Bend, Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Cadillac, Ludington, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor, and Detroit. Just tell me when and where you need me!

If you think that my work is similar to your style, I'm open to doing trades as well, as my packages often include a second shooter.

Don't worry too much about my editing style, since that's going to be your gig ;). I am pretty chill and kind of introverted, although I enjoy chatting on a one on one basis. I tend to be quieter around your clients, simply because its not my wedding, not my clients. I try not to draw attention to myself. I’m comfortable with “potty mouths” and use discretion with language. I know my way around a Catholic ceremony like nobody’s business, thanks to some very religious parents haha. I really like all kinds of weddings though. I’m in my late 30s, but I’ve had a lot of people tell me they think I’m a lot younger and I shoot for people who are a lot younger than me all the time. Its no big deal. No power trips here. I like working with both men and women, so long as you’re nice! Basically if you’re not a dick, I’m not a dick. Actually if you are a dick, I probably still won’t be a dick, because I’m a people pleaser.

The burning question that you want to know, i’m sure, is “is she going to show up?!” this is what I panic about every time I try to hire my own second shooters because I have been burned more than once by people I had high hopes for. all I can say is when I tell you I will shoot for you, I mark it on my calendar and commit myself to it! so at the same time, i’m worrying about whether you will ditch me at the last minute for some other shooter while I lose out on income. so it goes both ways. I love contracts that protect both me and you! so if you have a contract, good! I want to know you are committing to me as well… for that day.. lol.

 
Natural light ceremony photo at Journeyman Distillery. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Natural light ceremony photo at Journeyman Distillery. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

SECOND SHOOTER PORTFOLIO

Below are just a handful of the images I have taken for other photographers as a second shooter.  From zoomed in "paparazzi" type shots, to expansive views from the back, I'm ready to get you the type of images that round out the wedding day coverage and give couples the range of images that would not be possible with just one photographer.

Off camera flash at Journeyman Distillery. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

Off camera flash at Journeyman Distillery. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

Off camera flash makes reception candids better! This is actually from one of my weddings, but I do this all the time for other photographers.

Off camera flash makes reception candids better! This is actually from one of my weddings, but I do this all the time for other photographers.

I can hang in the back while you get into position for the bridal party entrance. This was a shared moment between the bride and groom prior to them being announced by the DJ. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

I can hang in the back while you get into position for the bridal party entrance. This was a shared moment between the bride and groom prior to them being announced by the DJ. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

I do have a macro. So if you need me to play with the rings and jewelry, I’m game. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

I do have a macro. So if you need me to play with the rings and jewelry, I’m game. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Of course you can count on me to get those tight alternate angles during the vows, ring exchange, and kiss. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Of course you can count on me to get those tight alternate angles during the vows, ring exchange, and kiss. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Seriously my husband is super into architectural photography and is obsessed with old buildings. Maybe some of that rubbed off on me? Maybe some photographers just want to send me outside to freeze my ass off to make sure they get the venue shots? haha… just kidding. Taken for Jennifer Mayo at Notre Dame.

Seriously my husband is super into architectural photography and is obsessed with old buildings. Maybe some of that rubbed off on me? Maybe some photographers just want to send me outside to freeze my ass off to make sure they get the venue shots? haha… just kidding. Taken for Jennifer Mayo at Notre Dame.

Don’t ever call the 70-200 a boring lens. Compressing all the reception tables together just makes it look more filled and decorated <3 . This is natural light only, if you’re not interested in off camera flash for details. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Don’t ever call the 70-200 a boring lens. Compressing all the reception tables together just makes it look more filled and decorated <3 . This is natural light only, if you’re not interested in off camera flash for details. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Since I get sent to take photos of the guys all the time, I make it my personal mission to try to get some cool shots of them after they’ve put everything on. I’m kind of obsessed with the dramatic light and the expression with this one! Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Since I get sent to take photos of the guys all the time, I make it my personal mission to try to get some cool shots of them after they’ve put everything on. I’m kind of obsessed with the dramatic light and the expression with this one! Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Off camera flash table details at Journeyman Distillery. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

Off camera flash table details at Journeyman Distillery. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

Same photo, different edit styles. Doesn’t matter if you like bright and airy or dark and moody, I’ll take photos and you do your thing with them :) .

Same photo, different edit styles. Doesn’t matter if you like bright and airy or dark and moody, I’ll take photos and you do your thing with them :) .

I get sent to take photos of the guys getting ready all the time. I love putting grooms right by the window and working with that dramatic lighting. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

I get sent to take photos of the guys getting ready all the time. I love putting grooms right by the window and working with that dramatic lighting. Taken for Jennifer Mayo Studios.

Maybe you just want some exteriors. No problem. I’ve got you. Taken for Ryan Inman Photography.

Maybe you just want some exteriors. No problem. I’ve got you. Taken for Ryan Inman Photography.

I like ALWAYS get sent off to get photos of the guys. Since they only take like 10-15 minutes to get ready, I sometimes just kill some time getting some fun group shots. This one was just taken in a driveway for Rachel Kaye Photography.

I like ALWAYS get sent off to get photos of the guys. Since they only take like 10-15 minutes to get ready, I sometimes just kill some time getting some fun group shots. This one was just taken in a driveway for Rachel Kaye Photography.

If you let me, and you hold the light, I’ll get a couple dramatic shots for you. Only thing is you’ll have to photoshop yourself out of the photo, since you’ll be in it, holding a light. ;) Taken for Cellardoor Weddings, because she was sweet enough to let me have a shot at this one.

If you let me, and you hold the light, I’ll get a couple dramatic shots for you. Only thing is you’ll have to photoshop yourself out of the photo, since you’ll be in it, holding a light. ;) Taken for Cellardoor Weddings, because she was sweet enough to let me have a shot at this one.

I WANT TO GET ALL OF THE PROUD AND CRYING MOMS (AND DADS AND GRANDMA AND GRANDPAS). Its my mission. Also, this venue had black walls and large windows. LOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

I WANT TO GET ALL OF THE PROUD AND CRYING MOMS (AND DADS AND GRANDMA AND GRANDPAS). Its my mission. Also, this venue had black walls and large windows. LOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE. Taken for Justin Hankins Photography.

Don’t mind me, standing in the doorway, being a creeper. This photo is actually a few years old, taken for Lauren Nicole Photography.

Don’t mind me, standing in the doorway, being a creeper. This photo is actually a few years old, taken for Lauren Nicole Photography.

References

Sydney Marie Photography - (Sydney Snider)  (Frequent second)

Jennifer Mayo Studios -  (Frequent second)

Justin Hankins Photography - (Frequent second)

Rayan Anastor Photography

Ryan Inman Photography 

Cellardoor Weddings - (Celestina Knight)

Rachel Kaye Photography - (Rachel Bethke)

BG Photography Studios (Brennigan Gilson Burnett)

Ryan Prins Photography

Olive + Ivy (Cassandra Tietz)

The Focused Soul - (Jenni Hecht)

Munro Photography - (Laura Munro)

Alycia Choroszucha

Ben Pancoast Photography

J Darling Photo - (Jessica Darling)

Mel Anne Photography -   (Melissa Donnelly)

Tiberius Images -  (Russell Climie)

Matthew Harper Photography

Karrn Frost Photography (Karrn Middleman)


 

Crystal has been a great asset as a second photographer at weddings. She’s very professional, always on time, follows direction well, and her photography skills render her able to tackle various parts of the wedding day completely independently. I love that I can depend on her and know that in an emergency she is well equipped to step in and take the lead were I to become unable to perform as the primary photographer. Her personality is very easy going and meshes well with my own personality style. It is always a pleasure working with her. - Jennifer Mayo
My clients expect a high level of quality and care, and Crystal helps me deliver that through her photography and professionalism. Whether it’s starting the day independently, comfortably photographing groomsmen she’s just met, or watching what I’m shooting and selecting an alternative angle or lens to add variety, Crystal provides me with clean, meaningful images that pair seamlessly with my own. Additionally, she’s well-versed in off-camera lighting, and works equally well assisting me with my own equipment or working independently with her own. Crystal is a talented pro, who quickly adapts to the variety of challenges that pop up during the wedding day, and her presence gives me a tremendous amount of confidence and peace of mind. - Justin Hankins


August 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 11, 18, 19

November & December are still wide open

I always have a lot of availability from January till april and am willing to negotiate my fee during that time as well.