Two of the most commonly asked questions from potential couples are "do we need a second shooter?" and/or "does your collection include a second shooter?"
The simple answer is: yes and yes. Am I capable of photographing a wedding by myself? Absolutely. But, I think that couples benefit so much from having two photographers that I always shoot as a team. This post is about the photographic reasons I like shooting a wedding with a second photographer, there's another post in the queue about why a second shooter also helps keep your day running smoothly behind the scenes.
So, why do I think it benefits you to have two photographers?
1. We can be in two places at once.
2. Two perspectives on major moments.
Now that you have the highlighted bullet points. Let's dig a little deeper into why these reasons matter on your big day.
I am photographing the ladies while they prepare for the wedding but we don't want to leave the gentlemen out! Having two photographers means that we don't miss any meaningful moments for either of you.
The first look is a beautiful time to have two photographers. One covers the bride, the other covers the groom. We don't pose at all during a first look, so having double coverage is really important to me.
Two shooters also provide more portraits in less time. We can capture multiple angles of the same pose and using different angles means we also are getting a different perspective.
Second shooters can catch candid moments during times like family formals and other meaningful interactions that might be going on outside of my frame.
Second shooters cut down on the time it takes to photograph the bridal party by splitting the work. I photograph the ladies, while my second photographs the guys.
Two angles on the ceremony means more coverage, more moments and we don't have to move as much to accomplish this 360 degree view of your ceremony. We also always use different lenses, so again, one can be photographing tight while the other gets wide views of your ceremony site.
Just like the getting ready portion of the day, during times like cocktail hour, we can be in two places at once. One of us can be photographing your reception details while the other photographs candids of your guests.
There are lots of major moments going on througout your reception and having two photographers allows us to capture multiple people at one time.
So while, I CAN shoot a wedding solo, I think two photographers help to accomplish my couples' photography goals much better than one.
Be sure to check back in and I'll outline how a second photographer helps the day run smoothly!