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5 Reasons to Have a Second Shooter at Your Wedding

October 25, 2022

5 Reasons to Have a Second Shooter at Your Wedding

I have been a Northern Ireland wedding photographer for more than 10 years. I have shot over 300 weddings in my career. By employing me, as your wedding photographer with years of experience, you can enjoy a lovely, if not miraculous, wedding day. I will do my best to cover as much of your day as possible but for total coverage, have you considered adding a second shooter?

A second shooter can capture more pictures of your day – from getting ready in the morning to cutting the cake. The addition of a second photographer on your wedding day could help ensure that no special moments are missed. A second photographer can be helpful for five reasons….

1) A second wedding photographer is helpful when the couple is getting ready in two separate locations.

Since I can’t be in two places at once, adding a second shooter will allow me to attend to the needs of the bride, groom and/or both on their special day. When one half of the bridal party gets ready at one location and the other at another, it is definitely worth considering adding a second photographer.

A groom’s coverage leaves out a key part of the story. Without these shots, wonderful memories would not exist.

2) Two photographers provide coverage from different angles.

There are lots of times that having photos from different angles comes in handy!

As I capture the more intimate, emotional images from the front of the ceremony, the second shooter can capture an epic wide shot from the back.

I will be focused on the bride and groom during your portrait session, while my second shooter can capture fun group shots and candids. The second shooter can also capture some bridal portraits from a different angle.

3) The second shooter can help speed up portraits

When you have a large wedding party, having a second photographer on hand will save time on posing for photos, which can make the event much more enjoyable.

You will be a little happier and more productive in this section of the day if you can add a second photographer! For larger families or lots of photos of family members, a second shooter is your best option.

If I book a second shooter for you, then he or she can track which people have been photographed and which are still left.

Getting someone else’s take on your photo shoot allows you to see things from a fresh perspective, like if they spot jewellery in your sister’s hair or mom is using sunglasses to protect her eyes from the sun. And this frees up me to focus on aspects such as an angle, light, or if the kids are trying to fix their hair.

4) Two photographers give you more images than one would.

I know this may be obvious but having two photographers means you’ll get even more photos of the day, which means you won’t miss anything.

A second second shooter is great to get different angles, perspectives, and viewpoints when shooting your wedding. This is especially useful if you want to capture different shots of the bride and groom or different shots of the scenery.

5) A second wedding photographer provides a backup.

I wear two cameras on my harness and shoot with both of them throughout the day, so I always have a backup camera with me. But a second shooter gives me an additional backup!

In the worst-case scenario, even if something really great or shocking happens while I’m busy doing something like getting a glass of water, or switching batteries, or swapping camera cards, for instance, you still have coverage!

All the second shooters I employ are professionals and work with me regularly, so they know my shooting style.

It is my hope that this has been helpful when considering whether or not to add a second photographer to your wedding photography package. This is just my short list of the many benefits of including a second shooter for your wedding, and I’m sure you can think of others as well.

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