2nd Shooter (back up wedding photographer)

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY &

WHY YOU NEED A 2ND SHOOTER


If you read any wedding magazine or wedding blog, they will always advise you to get a 2nd wedding photographer. Essentially, you'll have the main photographer, and a second shooter. A second shooter is an additional photographer who is there to cover the wedding as well. Here is the logic behind why you should choose to have a second shooter on your wedding day. I'll add a followup post discussing why I think this is all a crock! But knowledge is power.. so read on. 🙂

Remember, I think this entire article is a misleading and crock of crap. Of course, if you want to book me, and a 2nd shooter, I’ll be happy to oblige… but you should read my follow up article about this exact subject. To check out “The Truth about 2nd Shooters” click here.

  1. It is impossible to everywhere at one time. If you want photos of the bride and groom both getting ready, I can’t be in both locations at once. By having a second shooter, we can cover more events at one time. If you like candid shots, you absolutely want a second shooter. They will be able to get all of the little moments that are happening behind the scenes. If you only have one photographer and he or she is with the bride while the groom is getting ready, then you will have to have the groom mock up and fake these moments to look candid, while missing the real thing. You don’t want “forced candids.”

 

  1. During the wedding, the main photographer is so focused on getting all the traditional shots that sometimes we miss the candid moments during your ceremony. A second shooter is looking out for these moments. By having a second shooter, it ensures that you get more candid shots.

 

  1. You’ll also get more creative shots for the same reason. Second shooters aren’t worried about getting the traditional shots because that is what the main photographer is doing. This frees them to be able to be more creative. They can catch different angles and give you a fresh perspective.

 

  1. With a second shooter being there, I’ll always have a backup on scene in the event the main photographer gets sick or injured. The second shooter will be able to take over for them without skipping a beat.

 

  1. It is also good to have two different cameras shooting the event. In case of emergency – for example, a camera is broken or a card gets corrupted – you will still have photos and they won’t all be lost or damaged.

 

  1. If we are limited on time, having a second shooter will ensure we don’t miss anything. One of us can be shooting the reception details while the other is in cocktail hour getting all of those candid moments and details.

About The Wedding Photographer

Mike Elford
Mike Elford | The Windsor Wedding Photographer first photographed his first wedding back in 2004. Over the next 17 years, Mike would go on to really key in on what his Bride and Groom clients truly desired. Originally, he thought they came to him after seeing some of the amazing wedding images he photographed. But what he quickly realized is that Mike's clients choose him because of how immediately comfortable they felt upon meeting him. They knew right away having Mike photograph their wedding was the right choice. Along with great images, it just felt right to be photographed by Mike. Doing things just a little bit different, or a little better than the other wedding photographers is just the beginning when you choose Mike. It truly is The Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience!

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Communicating with my wedding couples is a huge part of what I love so much about my business. I remain friends with many of my clients long after I’ve finished their wedding collection (and enjoy continuing to document their lives!). I want to be here for you in every way possible. I encourage you to ask questions, suggest ideas, and play a hands-on role in the planning process. The following is a list of ways to get ahold of me, so you always know you are always cared for.

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