Top Reasons for a Second Shooter;
Here is some reading for anyone considering wedding packages without second photographers.
Two Photographers, Two Places: It is physically impossible to be in two places at the one time. There are certain moments during a wedding when you really want to be in two places at once, usually from a practical standpoint re: the timeline. For example, if the bride and groom are in separate places while getting ready, the second photographer can hang out with the groom while the main photographer is with the bride, during the bride and groom portrait session the second photographer can be getting the candid shots of the guests enjoying cocktails and mingling and the details of the reception.
Two Photographers, Two Vantage Points: Two photographers allow for different angles, different lenses, and different viewpoints of the same scene. This is one of the biggest reasons I love having a second shooter. You’ve hired your lead photographer because you trust in their artistic vision and wedding experience, but having a second photographer just brings another perspective and another creative eye to best tell the story of your wedding day.
Cocktail Hour, Candids and Details: The hour after the ceremony is usually the time having a second photographer is key. Some portion of this time is usually when couple portraits are done, and the lead photographer can’t be at the cocktail hour also capturing fun party candids. Your closest friends are all dressed up and celebrating your wedding, it’s definitely worth having someone there to photograph that! Besides the cocktail hour, the lead photographer has so many shots they need to get, that it can be difficult to also grab a ton of candid shots and details throughout the day, whereas the second photographer can focus on these almost exclusively. So having a second photographer is particularly important for couples who have invested a lot of time, thought and love into all the details of their wedding day and couples who appreciate a candid, documentary approach to photography.
A Happy and Calm Lead Photographer: Having a second shooter makes the lead photographer (me!) feel more calm throughout the day. It’s like having someone on your team, someone supporting you and helping you to do your absolute best work. I know there are some photographers out there who maybe prefer working alone, and I can definitely shoot a wedding on my own if a couple decides not to add a second photographer, but having someone who will run to the cocktail hour to grab Aunt Gertrude for family photos, who will carry my bag if I need to quickly move somewhere else for a shot, who I can trust to complement my work with lots of beautiful candid and detail shots makes me happier and calmer throughout the day!
Double the Photographers, Double the Coverage: You just get more photography coverage on your wedding day. Which is awesome! Period. End of story.
Back up Plan; There is a lot of preparation that goes into getting camera bags ready, cleaning cards, I work with two camera's and I have a program for cleaning and maintaining camera equipment – but even with the best preparation things can go wrong! Cards can malfunction, cameras can stop working. Here is my selfish reason for having a second shooter - there is nothing better for peace of mind than knowing that I have a reliable co-worker, who has been fully briefed on the details of your day and the required complimentary shooting style, working on your day with me to get the shots that will go towards wedding photography you will absolutely love for years to come!
I hope this helps!