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How necessary is having a second photography at a wedding?

How necessary is having a second photography at a wedding?

While I am a landscape photographer I do take a keen interest in other forms of photography particularly when it comes to interesting developments in technology and how they have been introduced to a particular niche industry. Drone wedding photography is a good example of this but I also like to hear about how teams of photographers can work together on a project with a view of getting the best results possible. I spoke with a photographer by the name of Jenny Ryan recently who had a few things to say about how she usually teams up with another photographer for a shoot. I thought she had some interesting things to say and asked her to share a few words on the matter that you can read below. While it’s not related to landscape photography I do hope there is something to take away from this article that is applicable to your own form of photography as I personally found some points very interesting.

A ‘Second Shooter’ is a helpful term for a second specialist wedding photographer that helps your principal photographer on your wedding day. Essentially they’re an extension of your primary photographer, they may be a second pair of eyes and ears, the key photographer to efficiently be in two places at the same time is allowed to them, and they’re super useful to get at your wedding!
Where an assistant’ might help your photographer with such things as taking the bags and lighting equipment, helping organise the team photographs, as well as other general bits and bobs, an extra shooter will do all that and much more!

A Second Shooter functions with and complements your main photographer’s work by shooting their own group of professional photographs (that I subsequently edit in addition to mine) of your day. They work difficult to discover alternate approaches and perspectives for your wedding photos. Your photographer to fully capture intervals of the day that run concurrently, including the bride and groom homework sessions, for instance, is also allowed by having a second shot.


While I’m photographing you getting dressed in a cloud of hairspray and laughter with your best friends, my 2nd shooter could be over in the pub with his partners and your groom, or down in your place capturing your guests as they arrive. While I’m at the front of the ceremony with you both, getting your expressions and reactions, and capturing the really significant moments of this very special day my second shot may be at the rear taking wide shots of your ceremony space or the trunk of your beautiful dress, or she might be around to the sides taking photos of your guests.

While I am spending time with you both, photographing your beautiful portraits, my 2nd shooter may be getting shots from a different standpoint to complement my pictures, or she may be again with your guests making sure tons of candid moments are not missed.

Some people might potentially be concerned that having a second photographer there might create the wedding day sense intrusive? You feel relaxed and comfy constantly, as a documentary wedding photographer my tactic is always to make sure, and my skill is in taking natural candid photos where often you do realise I am shooting pictures. Therefore I hire photographer friends of mine that also value this strategy. It truly is my hope that by the end of your day you will feel like we were just two friends of yours, relaxing with your family along with you!

Some of the best scenes to film in!

Some of the best scenes to film in!

As a landscape photographer, I get to work in a wide range of environments and locations, but recently my good friend and Norfolk Wedding Photographer Steven Brooks was lucky enough to be the new face of Zeiss lenses. Filmed over several days in Snowdonia Steven and the team from Ember Films created an amazing video and I feel proud to be able to share it with you now.

Although Steven isn’t a landscape photographer like myself, he was still able to capture some amazing shots during the filming and was lucky enough to use one of Ember films new drones. As you can see from the video Snowdonia is a great location for a photoshoot.

Beyond the Four Walls from EmberFilms on Vimeo.

Snowdonia is a photographer’s dream. With its rugged mountain ranges, rolling hills, verdant valleys and 200-mile shoreline, there’s an infinite supply of backdrops for both professional and recreational photographers to select from when they see the Snowdonia Mountains and Coast area.

It might be argued we’d that the whole of Snowdonia is photogenic –
and I think in most cases we would agree! But which areas do visitors think are the most photogenic?

But when I was asked to propose most photogenic places in Snowdonia I know I had a tough job, as most visitors to the region certainly had their favourites.

My personal favourite is The picturesque village of Beddgelert which often makes the top ten on most people’s lists. Although it not a ‘natural’ beauty spot the quaint old stone houses, bridges and other constructions add to the town’s natural beauty. I would claim that it was nature’s hand that perfected the rivers and valleys that surround the area and postcard-perfect views abound in this hamlet you can see why it’s so popular. It’s almost impossible to take a poor photo thanks to the wealth of natural beauty, which includes a range of both natural and man-made wonders that are just a delight to photograph.

Another hugely popular location is the old-time Snowdonia hamlet, Betws y Coed! The village is a picture perfect Welsh little town full of character and perfect for photographing. A little-known fact is that Britain’s first artists’ colony was established in this region. Naturally the natural scenery – including the outrageous beauty of Swallow Falls, just outside the village – is the main attraction for individuals with an artistic eye, but the village itself is also exceptionally appealing, and that’s why you’ll see cameras being pointed in all ways when you visit Betws.