Do we really need a second photographer?
One day. A lifetime of memories.
It’s a question I’ve been asked many times, and I am willing to bet that many couples don’t necessarily ask it, but they wonder about it: Do we really need a second photographer? If you are in the midst of planning a wedding, there are a lot of options for you to consider. You have a variety of vendors to interview and select. As a wedding photographer, I always want my couples to get the best coverage of their wedding day, and often that includes having a second photographer. But many couples don’t know they why or how of second shooting. Let me explain a little more about the process.
What does a second shooter do?
Second photographers add another angle or dimension to your wedding day photos. While the primary photographer is capturing the bride and her bridesmaids giggling and gushing over dresses and rings and shoes, the second photographer could be hanging out with the guys snapping away at the laughs and bear hugs and nervous smiles. During a first look, the second photographer is capturing the bride’s reaction while I capture the groom’s face as he sees his new bride in her beautiful gown. While photographing the family and bridal party following the ceremony, the second shooter is a crucial tool to help organize, pose, and keep the timeline moving along. And the reception….well, let’s just say that the second shooter is definitely useful to capture all the fun, candid moments. Two sets of eyes are always better than one!
What happens to the second photographer’s images?
After the wedding, I sort my images and that of my second according to time. I use images from both of us to tell the story of your wedding day, from the preparation, to the ceremony, to the toasts, to the first dance, to the reception. Most of the time, you can’t tell which images belong to the second shooter. All of the images are edited the same way, and designed to flow with your wedding story.
Who needs a second shooter?
There are no hard and fast rules, but I would say 95% of the weddings I have photographed as a primary or secondary photographer would have benefited (or did benefit) from having a team of two photographers. There is no particular guideline on number of guests, locations, etc. An outdoor wedding as small as 40-50 guests would benefit from a second photographer, as would a larger wedding of 300 guests in a large, historic church. One thing I like to remind my couples: no one has ever regretted having a second photographer accompany me, however there have been regrets when a second was not included. Yes, there have been times when a bride opted to not include a second photographer in her coverage, but the day of the wedding, we both realized how a second would have been a benefit.
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