Depending on the photographer you hire, you or may or may not be given a choice between one or two photographers for your wedding day. Here, RisingSky lead photographer, Sophia Hyde, explains the benefits of having the second photographer so you can decide whether or not it’s a necessary investment for your wedding.
Keep in mind, there are two things not mentioned in this video you may want to take into consideration. Different companies have their own definitions of what makes someone a qualified second photographer. Some will just hand a friend or family member a camera and declare it a second shooter….this person knowing nothing about what they are doing behind the lens. Others will hire someone who has never shot a wedding before or is a novice looking to gain experience. While there’s not necessarily anything wrong either either situation, these types of shooters should be described as assistants, not a second professional photographer. At RisingSky, our second photographers are fellow industry professionals. They are equally qualified to step into the role of lead photographer in the event of an emergency.
The reason this is so important is two-fold. First, one of the benefits of having a second photographer is to have coverage in two places at the same time. You want the confidence of knowing the images the second photographer will produce will be to the same caliber as your lead photographer. Second, in the event of a crisis or emergency on the day of your wedding, the second shooter can take over. While Sophia has never missed a wedding she was hired to shoot, or had to leave early, it’s happened to friends in the industry. We have a friend who broke her back during the wedding party portraits and was rushed to the ER. We have a friend who was in a car accident on the way to the wedding, and we’ve also had a friend become so ill on the morning of a wedding they physically couldn’t perform the job. What happens if this is your photographer? Hopefully they have a back up plan. Having a collection that includes a second shooter is your built in emergency plan because no matter what happens on the day of the wedding, you have two professionals on their way to your wedding, either one perfectly capable of performing the job. In the event of an emergency, your memories will not be compromised.
There are a few other benefits to having a second photographer, but it’s not always the right call for every wedding. Check out this video from Sophia to see if it’s the right call for you.
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