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 Chris Dawe 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!