A Second Shooter on your Wedding Day
I get asked a lot – should we have a second shooter? My answer is really that it’s up to you but here are the pro’s for having one and the job role of a second.
I do highly recommend you have a second if you are having a Church wedding.
Groom Prep – The second shooter will arrive at groom prep (if you would like or they can meet the guys at the Church/Venue)and shoot in the same relaxed style as me – documenting what they do. They will then capture guests arriving and speak to the Vicar/registrar to clarify where I can stand and if there are any rules etc.
Whilst this is happening I am usually at bridal prep- timings do run over sometimes and so having a second shooter I can ensure I stay with you to capture the dress reveal. I will then leave with bridesmaids and arrive at the ceremony and swap with the second shooter, so they normally catch you arrive to the ceremony whilst I’m stood at the front of the Church/Venue waiting for you to walk down. Doing it this way theirs little disruption and flows really nicely.
Ceremony– Whilst I’m stood at the front of the ceremony, my second shooter will be at the back – getting a different perspective and angle. Sometimes in Church I am told to stand in a pew and not move – so the angle can be quite awkward.
Family formals & portraits of the two of you – Second shooters can help with gathering rogue guests who wander off, making the family formals quicker and so you can get back to enjoying your guests. They come with us on your portraits and shoot with different lenses – so offering closer more detailed shots and also a wider landscape shot.
Speeches – I’m normally at the front concentrating on the speakers they will be getting guests reactions.
Evening – Extra evening coverage.
A second photographer allows the primary photographer to perform at their highest possible level. When I know I have a reliable second shooter covering the additional details discussed before the wedding, I can do what I do best: create beautiful art from the moments of the day. The 2nd shooter helps keep me on track, assists and supports me.
A second shooter brings a different perspective. The second photographer cannot physically stand in the same place as the lead shooter, so I am going to get two different perspectives (at the very least). More often, second shooters endeavour to bring different artistic ideas and interpretations, and to capture moments that might otherwise go unnoticed.
A second shooter allows me to capture more special moments. Any given wedding day is brimming with special moments and memories. A 2nd skilled photographer allows me to capture more of those for my couples.
Some photo examples
Whilst I was with Emma & the girls, my second shooter captured the guys at the venue.
Some examples of Groom prep at the pub, then guests arrival (whilst im at the Brides house) and then when I arrive at the Church I stand at the front with the Groom and my second will capture your arrival so not to disrupt the guests in Church, walking up and down the aisle.
Whilst I am stood at the front of the church with the groom – the second photographer can be outside the Church capturing your arrival – come rain or shine!
Whilst I am at the front of the ceremony room with the registrar’s – the second photographer can be the back – notice we are both photo shopped out! (please note person on right is a guest, my second was stood in front of the side hand door on an angle)
One thing you may not think about or maybe don’t even really know about is the role of a second shooter and why you might want to book one too. I totally recommend them as they offer an additional dimension to your photography on the day.
A second shooter, is an amazing professional photographer in their own right who works alongside your wedding photographer, catching any moments and angles your photographer can’t as they are busily capturing the complete awesome already going on. So with a second shooter, you are getting added awesome, another tier of awesome if you will. Bonus awesome! While I’m with the bride tribe preparations in the morning, my second shooter might be busy snapping the groom getting ready. Maybe taking an image of your Nana trying to crowd control some truly unruly little flower girls, while I’m photographing your vows. Simultaneous reactions, both your expressions as you see each other for the first time that day. Perhaps an epic birds eye view of the dance floor from a balcony, while I’m’ on the actual dance floor getting that confetti cannon shot!
Whilst I am shooting couple portraits – the second photographer can get a wider angle to give an alternative feel to your photographs.
A wedding day is so full of wonderful little moments, a total tapestry of emotions, glances, movements and having a second shooter weaves in an added layer of gorgeous memories. Some moments only happen once, but in many dimensions and a second shooter helps to capture that. Although I’ve thrown some pretty amazing shapes and done my best superwomen impression on many occasion to get that image, a photographer can only be in one place at a time, so I love working with a second shooter. It means I can deliver to you an added dimension to your final photos.
Whilst I am at capturing your entrance for the wedding breakfast – the second photographer can be capturing your guest reactions
I always work with second shooters who have the same style, ethos and commitment to my couples as I do. So I know that you will love their work too. When I capture a wedding with a second shooter, they send me over all the images they took and I edit the images along with my own to ensure the overall feel is totally smooth and consistent.
Here are just a few images from Lisa Daly, Lucy Napier and James Andrew second shooting me at some of my weddings. If you would like to find out more about adding an additional photographer to your wedding day, please get in touch with me for more information.
Here’s a slideshow with most of the examples above with a mixture of mine & second shooter images.