You may be asking, what exactly is a second shooter? Well, basically a second shooter is a second photographer who works with the primary photographer to help capture more images and assist in the wedding day timeline! If you are having a big wedding, at a large-scale venue location, or just want to have a wide array of photos from your big day, a second shooter is the way to go!
Now, there are so many other reasons why having a second shooter is necessary for your wedding, but we are going to narrow it down to our top 4!
Provide more coverage
Having two photographers shooting a wedding will allow you to see images from different angles and different focal points! For example, one photographer can capture the groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle, and the other can focus on the bride’s! During the ceremony, one can take wide shots of the guests and the aisle and decor, and one can photograph more intimate moments of the bride and groom saying their vows. During cocktail hour or the reception, one can take portraits of the bride and groom and the other can photograph the guests interacting!
Two places at once
If there is a second shooter, this allows you to have photos from two places at one time! If the bride and groom are getting ready in two different locations, one can film and photograph the bride and her bridesmaids, and one the groom and groomsmen! Also, if the wedding is at a large venue, it may save time and energy having to run around all over the place if there are two photographers in different locations.
Moving things along
Second shooters really save the day when it comes to speeding up the image capturing process and moving the reception along! If there are a lot of family members or bridal party members that are getting pictures done with the bride and groom, a second photographer can help take photos and get everyone to the reception! Or while one photographer is taking family portraits, the other can help round up the family members and get them ready for a few pictures. That way no one is standing around wondering what to do.
Capture more candid fun!
One photographer can’t be everywhere at one time! One of the best things about wedding photography is capturing all the fun, dancing, and laughter from the guests and the bride and groom. So having a second shooter really comes in handy when there’s partying and dancing going on! One photographer can capture the crowd’s faces and dance moves while the other is taking wide shots of the group.
While there are so many more reasons why having a second shooter is so important for the wedding day, they allow much more room for fun and a stress-free day!