• Whitney Williston

10 Reasons Why You Need a Second Shooter

Second Shooters... photographers are often probably trying to shove the idea down your throat? Do you want one? Do you need one? What are they? What do they do? What are the benefits?


So many questions, so let's get down to it.




What is a Second Shooter?

Second Shooter is another term for Second Photographer! They are there the day of your wedding to help out your main photographer, from helping with the groom photos to getting unique angles, they are there to do lots.





10 Reasons Why You Need a Second Shooter:

  1. They're the best!

  2. Different Angles = More Unique Shots

  3. No more splitting time

  4. Main Photographer can focus on the bride

  5. More coverage for large weddings

  6. They make group photos go faster - Literally the most painful part

  7. Back up Shooter

  8. Makes the Main Photographer's job just a little bit better

  9. Side helper with the fun shots

  10. More Photos! Yay!





1. They're the best!

Duh, what's better than another photographer? Another person to snap photos, another person to help get everything together. The first reason is genuinely because they are the best and amazing. You'll love them as much as I do!


2. Different Angles = More Unique Shots

Everyone loves the straight on angles that get the shot, don't get me wrong. But the little moments after the big such as the bride looking at her parents or the huge smiles that happen - these are the shots for the second shooter. My main job is to get the main, basic, go-to photos, the second shooter can be unique! They can get the little moments, the side angles, the groom's face. They give you a little something extra.





3. No more splitting time!

Whenever the bride and groom are getting ready at different locations and you only have 1 photographer, that means I have to leave the bride at some point and rush to the groom to take pictures of him. This means split times and less photos and more rushing. With 2 photographers, the second photographer can spend more time with the groom than if there were 1.


4. Main Photographer can focus on the Bride

Similar to #3, I can focus on the bride giving more special moments to be captured for the bride. Simple things like not having to rush to put on your dress or drinking that last mimosa with your girlies before you leave. I can be there.





5. More coverage for large weddings

If you have a relatively large wedding, I highly, highly, highly suggest hiring a second shooter. There's more ground, more people and more shots to be covered. As fast as my tiny little legs can move, I can't be at every location at every moment. I know. Unfortunate. But that's where the second shooter comes in handy!


6. They make group photos go faster - Literally the most painful part

Group photos. Nobody's favorite part. Literally nobody's. Everyone wants to get to the party, everyone wants to drink and to eat. I guarantee you it's the worst part. So the second shooter makes it go faster. They can wrangle family members, help position people faster, set up the flashes while I organize people, and just straight up make it go faster! What's better than making the most painful part go faster?


7. Back up Shooter

As much as I hate to say it, I am not perfect. Technology is not perfect. Stuff happens. I always carry around 2 cameras so I have a backup. But say one camera falls or a guest spills a drink on one or the camera just straight up doesnt work and I don't know why. They are there to make SURE that we get THE shot and we have numerous photos no matter what.





8. Makes the Main Photographer's job just a little bit better

STRESS. Weddings are so much fun but they are s t r e s s f u l. Second shooters can help me bounce off ideas or plan the best time and place for photos. They can grab people when they are needed, move and align the dress to the perfect position, and be a backup to me to make sure we get everything we need.


9. Side helper with the fun shots and the logistics

The toss of the veil. Shots underneath the veil. Pictures from up high. Positioning the flash juuuuuuust right. Holding the umbrella when it is pouring raining. Holding a reflector so the light bounces off perfectly on your face. That's what they are there for.





10. More Photos! Yay!

What is better than more photos? Literally nothing. Second shooter easily gives you an extra 200 photos on your wedding day. More photos that are unique and special just for you.





My list isn't perfect and I can't make you get a second shooter but hopefully this helps when you're debating and going back and forth trying to decide whether or not you should have one!! I love second shooters and will ALWAYS recommend them! But that's up to you!


XOXO, Whitney

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