Second Shooter, what are they and do I need one for my wedding?
I get approached a lot by clients who are considering having a second shooter at their wedding. They are playing with the idea and want to know if it is a necessary expense for their wedding.
I will dive into what a second shooter is, if you need one on your wedding day, and what that entails.
Keep in mind, each photographer runs their business differently. Some photographer’s packages always include a second photographer, some photographers always shoot alone. One of the beauties of running a small business is having the ability to do what is best for that business to serve their clients.
What is a Second Shooter?
A second shooter is a second photographer who works with your hired photographer. They are covered by the same business and contract that you have with your professional photographer (this is not hiring a second company). A second photographer is there to get a second angle/view of things than the primary shooter. Some examples of this.
Should you have a second shooter at you wedding?
This really depends on your photographer; their level of experience, how comfortable they are with the size of your wedding, how confident they are with your style of venue; what their abilities are in handling the timeline of the day.
What I suggest
I make all my packages custom, depending on the details of your wedding day.
These are some reasons you may not need the second shooter:
These are some reasons you may consider having the second shooter:
Some photography businesses allow clients to have partial second shooter coverage, this is not something I offer often, because my second shooters often ride with me to the wedding, and work alongside me throughout the day of the wedding. Whereas, some photographers have their second shooter only attend the wedding for the ceremony portion, or just the reception.
I prefer to have the second shooter with me for the full contracted time, for a few reasons.
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