April 21, 2020
I know my brides in the past have asked me if I recommend a second shooter for their day, and while there are some exceptions, I will always defer to having one! So let’s talk about three reasons why you need a second shooter at your wedding.
This first reason may be the most obvious to many of you. It’s still, however, worth mentioning and that is: groom prep. While yes, we all know this is the bride’s day, safe to say the groom definitely deserves his moment! So unless you’re getting ready at the same location, or your photographer suddenly learned how to travel through time and space 😉 I definitely recommend it for this reason alone. Even if the two of you will be getting ready at the same space, it still will be the best option to have a second photographer for the sake of time. Typically if I personally have to cover both bride and groom prep, the groom’s time will definitely be minimal.
If you’re thinking may be it’s not that important, I will say speaking from experience, getting to see those shots of your hubby comes with a special feeling of sweetness (Check out some of my Wedding photos here!). I loved seeing those photos and would have regretted not having them. Plus, I’ll always remember one of my very first second shooting jobs. I couldn’t find the groom for a minute in the room, and when I turned around I caught him through the mirror going over his vows. Which led to this beautiful photo at the top of this page, that I’m sure his wife cherishes dearly. Because if it were me, I would have thought that was the cutest thing ever!
The second reason I feel like it is definitely to your advantage to have a second shooter is for the ceremony. While shooting a wedding ceremony, I have a serious obligation to make sure I am getting the ‘must have’ shots. It can be a challenge to get all various angles I aim to get when shooting by myself. This is especially true if your ceremony is on the short side. I certainly cannot risk missing important shots! However, if you have a second shooter, not only will this allow me freedom to roam a bit, but while I am focusing on the main events, the second shooter can get some creative shots or focus on parents, grandparents, etc. or visa versa. I just always feel like it leads to a fuller gallery of images that better tell the story with two photographers.
Depending on if you are choosing to do a first look or not, a second shooter will totally come in handy for a few reasons. If you are not doing a first look, this means majority of the portraits will be accomplished after the ceremony. So what does that mean for you? It means, while I’m covering portraits, I will be missing cocktail hour and my opportunity to do reception details. And while cocktail hour doesn’t need to be covered for the entire hour (as most of the time people are stuffing their cute little faces) there are some opportunities for images here! And, since I’ll probably be shooting portraits the entire cocktail hour, all your reception details that you put so much thought and effort into risk the chance of being forgotten! I know no bride wants that.
If you are choosing to do a first look, while I will be able to personally cover cocktail hour and reception details, you still may want to consider the fact that having a second shooter will mean we can not only get two angles during the first look we can also accomplish the portraits faster. This will really come in handy if it’s particularly hot or cold on your wedding day. And if you prefer me to shoot all the formal portraits, the second can at least be getting additional angles (particularly of the two of you) and helping to wrangle up the troops, or arrange family photos, which will again make this time of the day run more quickly and smoothly.
So there ya have it, why you need a second shooter at your wedding! Being that I feel like every bride should totally have a second shooter for at least some part of their day, all my wedding packages now by default include one! Of course, all my packages are also customizable so you can always remove them, if that’s truly your wish. Hope you found this so helpful 🙂 Email me here if you have any further questions or would like to discuss my packages and pricing!
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