I always encourage my brides to consider hiring a second photographer or “2nd Shooter” on their wedding day. I only work with 2nd shooters whose photography and interpersonal skills are at the highest levels. I pay them well because they are worth it.
Following are 4 very good reasons for every bride to consider hiring a 2nd photographer, for at least 3 hours during your wedding.
1. More complete coverage. While no amount of coverage can guarantee that your photographer gets every shot you want, more professional, artistic eyes clicking shots on your wedding day will result in more and better photography that you’ll love.
2. Insurance, distributed risk. While it’s never happened to me (thank You, God 😉 ), bad things can happen to your principal photographer on the way to your wedding or to your photos after the wedding. Having a 2nd photographer travelling in a 2nd car using a 2nd camera and lenses and CF cards distributes the risk, and assures that you will get coverage and photos of your wedding.
3. Faster flow. Your photography moves more quickly if you’ve hired a 2nd photographer. If your principal photographer uses strobes, someone must set up those lights. If you’ve hired a single photographer then your whole party must wait, and photography stops, while that happens. If there’s a 2nd setting up lights or shooting family portraits, the flow keeps moving, you and your guests are happier.
4. A different artistic perspective. A 2nd camera is also a 2nd set of eyes. How awesome for you to get two distinct, fresh, artistic views on your wedding. You’ll be delighted by the extra variety and creativity.
For surprisingly little money, hiring a 2nd photographer will give brides fuller coverage, a faster pace for group photography and therefore happier guests, distributed risk, and a fresh artistic eye and greater variety in their photography.