THE BENEFITS OF A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER
Capturing your wedding day means storing this treasure in images and being able to share the love and joy with your family for years to come. So, your photographer has a great responsibility and will want to do their best to ensure that they don’t miss a thing. Over the years, I have worked as both the primary and secondary photographer at weddings, and have identified a few benefits to having a second photographer at your big day.
Two photographers mean two different perspectives. They each have their own take on and approach to wedding photography, and will capture both the main events and the details using their own unique style. One may prefer to focus on the details of the venues and attire, while the other can concentrate on capturing the happy moments of your friends and family, for example. Even the same shot can look very different from different perspectives. Seeing the groom’s face as his bride walks down the aisle is very special, and is often missed when the primary photographer has to focus on the bride. A second perspective adds a fabulous depth and dimension to the pictures that you have of your big day.
Sadly, this has not yet been made possible yet. But, having a second photographer means that it isn’t necessary. While one photographer is with the bride while she gets ready, the other is making sure that the groom is also being photographed. One can be handling the couple’s family shoot after the ceremony, while the other can be at the reception venue, photographing guests and décor.
Reducing the Risks
Unforeseen occurrences and challenges are completely unavoidable. Having a second photographer provides a bit of a buffer against these, though. Even if equipment breaks or accidents happen, the couple is assured of having at least one photographer on hand. There is also far less risk of missing a special moment that simply cannot be repeated or replicated.
Formal / Informal
I think that a combination of formal and candid shots is best as it allows the most scope. Having two photographers often helps in ensuring that both formal and informal moments are included in your wedding album, as neither is forced to focus on one style.
Because the primary and secondary photographers need to discuss the day and the types of images that they want to take, this often allows for them to exchange ideas and come up with new concepts together. The result can be a stunning collection of really unique, different pictures as a result.
The budget is often the determining factor for deciding whether a second photographer is possible or not. However, I recommend that couples consider the value of the photographs in terms of their lasting worth and what it would mean to them in years to come, rather than limiting it to a financial decision.
Great example Froyle Park Wedding in Hampshire with charming Maria Assia who offered me a second shooting for her ;]