I am a big believer in having two photographers for any type of sizable wedding (for example, more than 40-50 guests). One benefit of having two photographers is the ability to capture the same moment, or very nearly the same moment, from different angles. In all but one of the following examples, it would have been physically impossible for me to take both shots.

1/ Giving Away The Bride

Photo by Olivia Jacob
Photo by Second Shooter Minh Pham

 

I was located at the front of the aisle and love how the photo I took shows the complete story among many participants. I also love Minh’s photograph because it catches a different angle of the light and isolates and emphasizes the mother-daughter connection.

2/ Bouquet Toss

Photo by Olivia Jacob
Photo by Second Shooter Minh Pham

 

Bouquets fly through the air in a split second. With my lens focused on the bride and my second shooter’s lens focused on the guests, we were able to capture both sides of the story.

3/ The First Kiss

Photo by Olivia Jacob
Photo by Second Shooter Ashley Jade

 

You can never have enough photos of the first kiss! I love how you can see the bride’s hands and the attendants’ faces in my photograph, and I love Ashley’s clean and classic capture.

4/ A Very Long Aisle

Photo by Olivia Jacob
Photo by Second Shooter Minh Pham

 

These photos were from a wedding at Woodend Sanctuary. The walk from the main building to the ceremony site is quite long. I was located at the end of the aisle to capture the parents and bridal party making an entrance, followed by the bride. My second shooter, Minh, was positioned next to the house to capture just the bride and her father sharing a quiet moment before she reached the guests.

5/ Different Levels of Zoom

Photo by Olivia Jacob
Photo by Second Shooter Kim Seidl

 

These photos were taken at a wedding at River Farm. I used a long lens to get close-up shots of the expressions during the father-daughter dance, while my second photographer used a wide lens to capture the whole scene.

It is important to note that having a second photographer does not mean that every moment will be captured from two angles. For example, in some cases, the second photographer will be photographing a completely different moment happening across the room.

Other benefits of having a second wedding photographer include:

  1. having a built-in backup photographer should something unspeakable happen to the primary photographer,
  2. having the option of having bride-getting ready shots and groom-getting ready shots occur simultaneously,
  3. getting adequate coverage of guests for large–think 200+ guests–weddings, and
  4. getting multiple photographs of the same event from different angles and with different levels of zoom.

Unless you are having a court house wedding with fewer than 10 guests, I always work with a second photographer. I hope that the photos and points above convince you that using a second photographer for your wedding is a good idea!

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