So it’s been the must-have for all weddings couples over the last few years. The rise of the ‘second shooter!’ But do you really need one? What does it actually mean? And how will they help make your wedding the perfect day you’ve been dreaming of.
Having two photographers attend your wedding is a great way to ensure that your wedding will actually be photographed! What happened if one photographer had a family emergency or injured themselves? Although most photographers have great back-up plans for this type of situation, having another photographer guaranteed to turn up already is just fool-proof really!
You might have all the perfect ideas of how your wedding photos will look, but occasionally us photographers come against limitations on where and how we can shoot. This is particularly true during the ceremony, we may be told not to move during the service, or only to stand on one side. This is where having two photographers covering two angles can really help. This way we can easily capture everything you want without upsetting the person taking the ceremony, getting you in trouble and still remaining super subtle!
Wedding days involve A LOT of people management, and you can often end up with wondering Grandparents who are meant to be in a family group shot. So having one person finding family members, telling them where they need to be and advising on when we’ll need them for photos, whilst the other person is actually taking the photos always makes the day run so much smoother. (And makes the group shots much quicker- So more time for champagne!)
One little last thing to think about is whether your photographer is offering ‘two photographers’ or a ‘second shooter’. You may not think there is much difference between the two, but there is! A second shooter could be someone who regularly works with your photographer or may just be a junior starting out who has never worked with that photographer before. They don’t know their style, their work flow, or know anything about you as a couple. Or the photographer (like us!) may be a kick-ass awesome-twosome! That is two, fully equipped, fully capable, wedding photography experts, who work together on every wedding and are fully committed to each couple and their big day.
So there you go, I think you can probably tell that we think that having two photographers at your wedding day is definitely the way to go and takes the stress out of planning. If you want to know a little more about how we work together then click here to hear more (and meet Poppy the Cavapoo, the brains behind the whole operation!)