Should I Hire a Second Shooter?
So, what's a second shooter? A second shooter helps the primary photographer capture your wedding. Unlike the primary photographer, there is no interview process. Usually, your photographer will have a few second shooters hiding in the wings and will pick one based on availability.
Although having an additional shooter is more expensive, the cons outweigh the pros in the medium or large weddings.
The second shooter makes simultaneous coverage possible, that means that you'll get coverage of two events that happening at the same time. For instance, you can get photos of the both the bride preparing with her bridesmaids and the groom with his groomsmen. You can also capture a variety of angles of the most important shots like walking down the aisle, the kiss, and the cake cutting. If you choose to do the "first look," there is the possibility of capturing the bride and groom's expressions instead of just choosing one.
The second shooter comes especially in handy during the portraits, because while the primary shooter is doing the portraits, the second can gather the next group so the portraits go by more quickly and efficiently.
Your wedding will not only have more shots, but also more creative shots. While your primary photographer is working at getting all your must-haves, the second shooter can take fun, atypical pictures. If you have the budget for it, a second shooter is well worth it!
Posted by Natalie T.