So why should you consider a second photographer? Firstly, I'd like to explain what a second photographer is, or a second shooter you may hear them be called. A second shooter is another photographer that comes along with the main photographer to help capture your Wedding day. I often get questions surrounding this topic so I thought I'd give the answers in a blog post.
Why should I consider a second photographer if I am already booking you as my main photographer?
There are several reasons why you should consider a second shooter for your Wedding Day. Here's a few:
1 - If you are interested in having your Groom's Wedding preparations photographed then the only way this can be done is by having a second photographer on the day. Unfortunately, I can't be in two places at once! So a second shooter would start their day with the Groom and then join me at the ceremony, like I would do with the Bride. In some cases I am able to cover both the Bridal and Groom preparations, only when both are taking part in the same location, and even then I can't comprehensively photograph both.
2. Naturally, a second photographer can provide extra angles of your Wedding day that I couldn't do alone. They can be positioned at the back of your Wedding ceremony to achieve a different perspective of the ceremony and they can purposely get photos of the guests. I am able to circulate alone (should the venue allow it) but I can't do it all at once.
3. None of the day is missed with a second photographer. There are points in the day where I will be alone with the Bride and Groom and away from the Wedding party, or unable to focus on the rest of the Wedding party. For example, when I take the Bride and Groom off for photos alone, when it is their first dance or when they are cutting the cake. In these moments, so much is going on around me that it is near impossible to document the whole venue and all the people in it. A second shooter would be able to remain with the Wedding party, capturing a lot more candid photos of your guests and documenting anything that happens whilst I am away. No aspect of the day is missed in this set up.
4. If you are interested in helping people get in to their chosen career this a great way to do it. Second shooters are usually photographers starting out in the Wedding industry or trying to make it as a main photographer, and this is a great way to give them the opportunity to gain experience and build a portfolio. It's how many of us get to become Wedding photographers.
5. If your Wedding party is over 120 people then I would recommend that a second photographer is hired. It is almost impossible for me to be able to get photos of everyone by myself with a Wedding party this large, so a second shooter would really help me out! It gives me peace of mind that all aspects of the day are covered.
Will their work be up to your standard?
I always look to find someone with the same style and approach to Weddings as I have. Candid, relaxed, informal, artistic with an eye for detail, colours, and compositions. I always look over their work beforehand and make sure they are match with me. They may not be a successful solo photographer, but I am looking for the eye for a fantastic image and a candid documentary shooting style.
Will their photos fit in with yours?
Yes. Once the Wedding is finished I take their memory cards and their images and I do all of the post production, so the editing style matches. They should look like a collection of images from one photographer.
Why is it costing me so much extra?
Lots of people think that it may be easier to get a newly started photographer who is willing to work the day for the experience, which I understand, but I don't believe anyone should work for free.
As I have said, I like to pick someone that fits in with my style and has more than minimal experience. You are paying for another photographer with style, experience and an eye for detail. I don't want to hire someone with minimal knowledge or no creative vision, therefore a price comes in to play when I want to hire a second shooter.
I myself second shoot from time to time when I can. I love the opportunity to learn and see how another photographer works. It also keeps my creative mind busy and developing, which is key in this industry. The images I have featured in this blog post are images from when I was a second shooter for a Wedding based in Bath, so you can see the sort of things I am referencing to. I was working for Cat Lane.
If you're still not sure if a second shooter is for you, please feel free to get in touch for a chat! It's a big decision and could break your budget, I understand that, but I see it as more of an investment in to your Wedding day, as you know you'll have photos of all aspects of the beautiful day you have planned.