The Value of a Second Photographer
Having said that, this photographer is not a mind reader. But no doubt these questions are now at the forefront of your mind and so with that, I wanted to help burst a few ‘second-shooter myths’.
SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER MYTHS
A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER IS JUST A BACKUP
No. Not at all! The purpose of the second shooter is not to act as the backup to a fumbling photographer. Wow, that was easy!
THE SECOND WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT STYLE?
Whilst the Second will be capturing images on the day; any direction given to people regarding posing will always be given by the Primary photographer. Also all editing is completed by the Primary as this ensures the style is consistent.
A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER IS IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE.
We all know wedding budgets are fraught with pain and anguish; the cousins that you never see that must be invited all have significant others and thus your wedding breakfast bill just sky rocketed and you’re reading this with wedding budget sweats trickling down your forehead.
Don’t panic! The cost of a second photographer is not equivalent to hiring two primary wedding photographers, I personally include the cost of a second photographer as standard in my day rate.
WHY WOULD I HIRE TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS?
No matter the wedding budget, you will be hard pressed to hire a photographer that can literally be in two places at once.
This is assuming of course you haven’t hired Doctor Who as your photographer; but that would make this a pointless post, as we all know Doctor Who always travels with an assistant!
A Second photographer allows for events to be captured that may otherwise be missed, for example the reaction of your guests when you have your first kiss.
SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER TRUTHS
It’s simple really, the purpose of a Second photographer is to assist in capturing a different perspective of your day. That doesn’t mean they will be on a bungee cord dangling at an altitude of 15 meters, nor that they will be a mere 6 inches above my shoulder.
MULTIPLE POINTS OF VIEW
What it does mean is that when the key moments of your day occur, they will be captured from multiple angles; for example; your first kiss as a married couple will be captured by the primary photographer as if you were the only two people in the world [hopefully how you are feeling]; and then the second will capture the same moment but with your friends and family in the frame.
THE DAY IS ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU!
Having a second also means that when the Bridal prep is occurring, someone is ensuring evidence of the Groom attempting a cravat for the first time is preserved forever; or the Best Man fearfully checking that he still has the rings. This is also typically when any close up photography occurs of your wedding bands,
DONT PANIC! YOU’RE NEARLY AT THE END.
Although I always shoot with a Second photographer, I hope that you found the post useful. Should you be planning a wedding I wish you all the best for your big day.
Finally, should you be interested, I posted about budgets not so long ago; that post can be found here should you fancy a read! I just wish I had read it before my big day!