You've heard it before: Your wedding day is going to go by REALLY fast. Before you know it, the cake will be eaten, the flowers will start to wilt, and the bottom of your dress will be dirty from twirling on the dance floor. The only thing that will remain as beautiful as the day you say "I do" are your wedding photos! Having photographed many weddings over the past several years, I have a lot of thoughts when it comes to hiring a second shooter to photograph your wedding day. Keep reading to find out why you may or may not want a second photographer present to document your special day.
What is a second shooter?
A second shooter is an additional photographer and set of eyes present on your wedding day to take photos of all the beautiful details you have brought together.
You might want to hire a second shooter if...
If you are planning a larger wedding (80+ guests) and/or have an elaborate time line (8+ hours, bride and groom getting ready in separate locations, a lot of details that need to be photographed), you may want to hire a second shooter.
Imagine this: you are busy with your photographer during bride and groom portraits. In another area of the venue, your guests are starting to mingle at cocktail hour. Purses and phones are set down at the dinner tables. The tables that are decorated beautifully and took months of planning and thought...The tables that haven't been photographed yet...
Once guests sit down at tables, it is nearly impossible to photograph the details of the table scape. In this situation, a second shooter is very much needed!
A second shooter = more angles and more photos!
You may want different angles photographed during the important parts of your wedding day, like during the ceremony. While one photographer is catching the groom's reaction to his bride walking down the aisle, the other can have their camera on the bride. Hiring a second shooter ensures there are two photographers capturing the day as it unfolds so that nothing is missed.
A second shooter can also act as an assistant to the main photographer. I have my second shooter photograph the groom and groomsmen while I am photographing the bride and bridesmaids. They can toss the bride's veil for me during bride and groom portraits, hold the bouquet, adjust the bride's train, and grab water if needed. A second shooter is super helpful in a lot of ways!