“Do we really need a second shooter?”
It’s a fair question that I get asked every few consultations. Like all things weddings, I won’t force any couple into anything Bringing a second shooter, also known as a second photographer or assistant, can offer several benefits when it comes to wedding photography coverage:
- Increased coverage: With two photographers, you can capture moments from different angles simultaneously. This ensures that no important moments or details are missed, and you’ll have a more comprehensive collection of photographs. I can’t be in two places at once, but with a second shooter, I almost can be.
- Diverse perspectives: Sometimes, I can get to be all about business; I become so focused on yoru timeline and covering your checklist that my creativity can take a dip. A second shooters helps round out your gallery because they have their own unique style and approach to capturing images. Having a second shooter can provide a variety of creative viewpoints and styles, resulting in a more diverse and dynamic collection of photos.
- More candid shots: A second photographer can focus on capturing candid moments and reactions of guests while the main photographer handles the formal shots. This allows for a better representation of the atmosphere and emotions of the event. The photo in the header was caught by my second shooter while I was photographing a first look. I can’t catch all gems like this, so I am beyond thankful anytime I have a second on hand.
- Reduced risk: In case of any unforeseen circumstances, such as equipment failure or illness, having a second shooter provides a backup, ensuring that the photography coverage isn’t compromised. I’ll spare you the dirty details, but I have been here, done this…and was so happy my second was there to back me up.
- Efficient time management: With a second shooter, you can efficiently cover various parts of the event simultaneously, potentially shortening the overall duration of the photography session. This can be particularly helpful during tight schedules or time-sensitive events. Specifically, if you aren’t having a first look, you should consider a second shooter to make the most of your coverage.
- Better storytelling: The combination of two photographers can help in telling a more compelling and comprehensive visual story of the event, highlighting different aspects and moments that might have been overlooked with just one photographer.
- Multiple locations: If your event or shoot involves multiple locations or venues, having two photographers can make it easier to cover all areas without rushing or missing any crucial moments. For KLP, this is especially true when the couple secures transportation; it is so nice that my second can hop on and photograph those fun moments while I head to the next stop.
- Group shots and details: While the primary photographer focuses on capturing essential moments, the second shooter can concentrate on group shots, details, and other aspects that require attention.
- Enhanced creativity: Collaborating with another photographer can spark creativity and ideas, leading to more unique and artistic shots. I might be biased, but I think I have hired some of the best seconds in Minnesota. The things they come up with blow my mind
- Better client experience: With a second shooter, the primary photographer can devote more attention to the clients, ensuring a smoother and more personalized photography experience.
While it’s not necessary, having a second shooter on hand might be a benefit for your day. The easiest way to find out is to talk it out with the primary photographer and see if your day could benefit from a second set of eyes and another lens.
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!
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