"Do I need a Second Shooter?"

January 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

"What are the pros and cons of hiring two wedding photographers instead of one?"

 

          In a consultation, I normally pose one question to a bride to help her determine if the logistics of her wedding day warrant the use of two photographers. "Are you and your fiancé planning on seeing each other before the ceremony and having all your pictures together with your family and wedding party taken to eliminate the delay between the ceremony and reception?" 
 
          This is a common practice now for several reasons. It allows photographs to often be taken during a time of the day when good lighting is available, whereas it would be dark out after the ceremony.  It allows the wedding day to proceed in a lower-stress manner, since the pictures of the bride and groom together do not take place in the hectic moments after the ceremony, when everyone is waiting for the reception to begin and dinner to be served. Lastly, it allows the moment when the groom sees his bride in her full glory to be a private and intimate moment just between the two of them, without their entire world of friends and family starring at them as it happens. Of course,  they will still see each other at the ceremony in the heat of the moment but seeing each other 
beforehand can settle a lot of nerves.  
 
          If the bride and groom are going to see each other beforehand, then generally speaking, they will be together for most of the day and most of the action will be centered in one location, and one photographer can more easily cover the events than if the bride and groom were going to be separated in two areas or locations all day up until the ceremony. Having two photographers fulfills 
the need to be in two places at once and also offers the general benefit of having safety by way of redundancy. More angles of the same action can be captured, fewer moments missed and, of course, each photographer has their own creative eye and different artistic take on a given subject. Finally, having two photographers means that one photographer can focus on posing a group of people or capturing a scene or detail shot, while the other photographer assists in organizing the crowd, holding a flash or reflector to improve the lighting, etc.
 
 

 

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::about the author::

Brendon is a photographer in the Birmingham area, available worldwide for nearly any project or event. Visit his main website (linked below) to see his portfolio, resume, bio or to get in contact. Add this blog to your RSS feed and "like" his Facebook Fan page to receive fresh photos and content. 

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