This is the third installation of the Adventures of a Photographer series! This series is meant to give all of you a little insight from my point of view on various situations or questions I deal with on a regular basis as a full time photographer. I am loving the feedback I have been getting from all of you out there in the world on this series and how it has helped or inspired you! Feel free to check out my last post about why you should seriously consider an engagement session here OR find out a little bit more about why I am writing about these crazy things here :)
Without further adieu, let's chat about second shooters! What is a second shooter? Why are they a good idea? Are they a good fit for you and your event?
Second shooters are something many people don't think about OR think about, but don't believe it's essential to the final product they are looking for. What many people don't realize is that most photographers have a second shooter with them at weddings and other big events, so the portfolio that you may have seen most likely includes photos from the second as well. A good photographer will choose a second shooter that they jive with both personally AND creatively, so that the final product is polished and streamlined. My second happens to be my husband who has, at this point, shot over 35 weddings with me. We've got our dynamics down pat and we can anticipate what is going to happen at the event and where each of us should place ourselves to get the best and most diverse angles. PLUS, we have fun while we do it :)
Below is an example of why having two people there during really BIG moments is incredibly powerful and worthwhile:
While I was placed at the front of the aisle capturing the bride and her father walking in, my second was placed to the side of the crowd with a distance lens and was able to capture this sweet hug between father and daughter just as he gave her away. It would have been literally impossible for me to capture both of these images with the configuration of this venue, so having Charles there was a huge benefit to these clients who would not have had both of these images otherwise.
In the next situation I was able to focus mainly on capturing the grooms expression as his gorgeous bride came down the aisle and Charles was able to focus on the bride and her father approaching.
One person simply cannot be in two places at one time, am I right?! Below is another example of a situation in which two people is ideal:
While I was hanging out with the ladies at they got ready and drying my own tears as the bride and her Mom hugged it out before the ceremony, Charles was spending time with the guys and capturing this special time in their friendship, too. Both equally important and wouldn't have been possible without us both there.
Or this similar situation where the bride and groom are getting ready in two completely different places more than 20 minutes away from each other and the venue:
I was able to spend time working with the bride and capture some fun details while Charles spent time with the guys across town!
I will leave you with one last example: Family or group photos.
Look at all those people! Do you think it was easy to wrangle every single one of these people in the same location among all the wedding craziness? People often underestimate how long photos will take and how difficult it might be to get Grandma, Mom, brother, Uncle Frank and your best friend from high school all in the same place, at the same time, when there are a million other things on everyone's mind. Having a second shooter not only allows for different angles and more possibilities, but you can have peace of mind in that there is another body there to help specifically with capturing everything you want efficiently and smoothly.
Every single client, ceremony, wedding day, family reunion, birthday party and special event is different and I fully understand and appreciate that. In most of my experiences I have found that having a second shooter at your event has never been anything other than fabulous (and it's not just because it's typically my wonderful husband!).
Cheers, friends! Thanks for reading!