This wedding above was the second time I photographed a wedding with my friend Taylor.
And we had so much fun working together, and after photographing weddings on my own for so long, it made me want to write about the benefits of having a second photographer.
So here are my Top 8 Reasons why you should get me to hire Taylor (or another super amazing photographer) to work alongside me for your wedding:
1. More photos. Different moments, different angles, a difference perspective. OK, we all love the sound of this right? Have two photographers means so many more photos to choose from, to create that beautiful gallery wall in your home. Need to be convinced? Keep reading.
2. Candid images of guests. While I am busy capturing the bride & groom getting all the hugs post ceremony OR another important moment, your second photographer can be capturing candid shots of all your guests. Taylor's candid shots of the guests post-ceremony for a wedding in July blew me away! Check out these ones from Taylor below....
3. Easing stress at Family Formal time. Ok. I don't think anyone really looks forward to this part of the day. It is sometimes stressful, but mostly it just needs to be organised properly in order for it to go smoothly and end quickly. A second photographer can be handy in rounding up the over-excited family members and assist me in getting this necessary smile-a-thon over and done with! It doesn't need to be a painful part of the day, I actually rather enjoy using my outside voice for this one!
4. Alternate moments captured. As an alternate option to assisting with family formals, the second photographer could be capturing that gorgeous afternoon tea that all your guests are enjoying while we are getting the formal shots done! I don't even know what the afternoon tea food platters looked like on my wedding day and there isn't even a photograph to show that they even existed, because we only had one photographer.
5. Different perspective's of a shot. This is a really interesting part. And here I am going to start bringing out some old shots from that wedding in 2014.. Check out this first shot of Spencer's Dad beaming a big smile and his mother looking up to the father - gorgeous - and capture from both angles! (photos below on left are mine and on the right are by Taylor).
5. More photos of your bridal party. You, the maids and the men all spent money on looking on-point for the wedding. Having a second photographer means they can score some sweet shots of themselves in their fabulous getup while the Bride & Groom are having their moment with the main photographer. It is also another good opportunity for more candid shots of your bestie hanging out waiting for you to get back. (Below images by Taylor Kezia).
6. Have a photographer in two different places at the same time. At that wedding in 2014, Jeni & Spencer had an elaborate setup in their reception that they really wanted captured. But I also didn't want to waste gorgeous afternoon light on photographing the reception area. So we did both! I stayed in the fields of Sirromet with the couple, while Taylor set off in a golf buggy to capture the reception. (Left photo by me, Right by Taylor Kezia).
7. Because your photographer will sometimes need help. Whilst I have most often shot a wedding by myself, photographing a wedding is hard work! Often I don't eat for 6 straight hours or more. I do a lot of running. Having a second photographer can boost productivity of the main photographer and again help ensure all the best moments are being captured as the main photographer has slightly less things to worry about - such as camera gear and wrangling an umbrella above her head as she shoots in the pouring rain!
8. All round ceremony photos. The ceremony is the one part of the day where it can be really hard to truly capture all the amazing moments by myself. I also just recently second shot for Taylor, and while she was out capturing the bride just prior to entering the chapel and then walking up the aisle, I was allocated to capturing the Groom's face and emotions - as well as everyone else in the audience. And, well, I am glad I was there - it was a very sweet moment for that Groom after nervously watching the bridesmaids come toward him - finally relief when he saw his bride enter - just gorgeous! If I weren't there, that magic wouldn't have been captured as well from Taylor's perspective.
It can also mean less disruption to the guests, if there is are photographers in both opposing positions in the ceremony venue, then we don't have to move around as much to capture the moments!
If you are interested in having a second shooter at your wedding, it is an option that I highly recommend and surprisingly affordable too. Just let me know in your enquiry or if you have already booked with me, just shoot me an email and we can arrange it for you!