Why a second shooter at a wedding is imperative
Hello brides and grooms!
One of our favorite parts of wedding planning is HELPING YOU choose a photographer!
Having your wedding documented forever is a task we take very seriously. Our goal is to ensure you have the perfect photographers capturing your day ~ based on your style, budget and personality. Another extremely important prerequisite is that the photographer has a second shooter.
What is a second shooter?
A second shooter is an additional, professional photographer. This is very different than a photographer's assistant, who is there to help carry bags, load film, back-up digital files and set-up lights. You need two professional photographers to divide and conquer all the moments that occur on your wedding day. Be sure to ask your photographer about the specific package you are choosing.
But we love our photographer...
... and we do, too! We only work with the very best, so we know they can take the pics we want, but it’s a matter of being at two places at once time.
Why do we need one?
Here are some situations that would call for a second shooter.
- bride and groom getting ready pics are in two different locations; also while this is happening, the two photographers are getting details of the dress, shoes, jewelry, suit, etc.
- bride and groom taking two different modes of transportation or walking to site (pics leaving/arriving/with bridal party)
- bride and bridesmaids shots occur simultaneously while groom and groomsmen shots - especially timely if only having a photographer for 8 hours
- shots of the cocktail hour and the reception space are being taken during the end of the ceremony
- shots from back of aisle and bridal party/family walking down the aisle; you can only be in one place and most churches/Temples, etc. do not allow photographer to walk around during ceremony
- great candid shots always occur behind the scenes as the bridesmaids and bride/father are getting ready to walk down the aisle as the ceremony has already begun
- bride walking down the aisle and seeing her groom occurs simultaneously while groom is seeing bride walking up the aisle
- some family photos may occur right before or after ceremony while other activities are going on with the bridal party and guests
- our weddings have many more personal touches and details than most; which requires extra time
- different angles of first dances and toasts + reactions of family and guests watching/crying/laughing
Have you ever not had a second shooter?
Over the years, we have only once had a single shooter (per the photographer’s insistence) and my client’s are still upset about the number of images they received. it is truly imperative to have a second shooter. Every client has thanked me after - I promise!