Why would you need a second shooter? Isn’t one photographer enough? Isn’t it more expensive to hire a second shooter? How is a second shooter going to add anything to my wedding day?
These are the questions I asked when I got married and started looking at photographers! In my mind, I was like “nah, we don’t need one, our photographer can handle it,” “It’ll be too expensive” and “they won’t really get anything additional than what my photographer would have.” Now don’t get me wrong, my photographer did an AMAZING job, but I know that I would have received so many more intimate and special moments if I had gotten a second shooter.
When brides reach out, many, if not all, want those candid and imperfectly perfect shots of the love they share with their significant other. On your wedding day there is SO much going on! There are so many different angles that you’ll want to be captured to perfectly showcase the amazing day you’re having! You only get that one time and that one shot before the moment is gone. Make sure you capitalize on it.
Your photographer may be an elite pro with years of experience, but they cannot be in all places at once! That’s where a second shooter comes into play! When you hire a second shooter, you’re really hiring another body to capture your day twice over! They see little things that the main photographer may not see. They are there to help hone in on the little details for you. They are there to help this be the best day possible too! They are a different eye for you to get the best out of your incredibly loving and intimate moments. One of our second shooters, Kelli, says that she loves so many things about second shooting weddings: "capturing the photos that are different perspectives and angles than what Bailey’s are, interacting with the bride and groom” and she absolutely loves "hearing [the bride and groom’s] love story”!
So if you’re thinking “I'm not sure if I’d need one,” think about all the important moments that you want captured. Think about how you want yourself walking down the aisle BUT also the look on your fiance’s (soon-to-be-hubs’) face too! Sure, your photographer can get a few shots of each, but having them go back and forth between a bride and groom takes time and you might lose that ONE chance to get that photo. Your second shooter is all in on your story and capturing it perfectly so you remember the day, from all angles.