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FAQ – Why Do I Need A 2nd Photographer?

This is a common question I get asked by many prospective clients. Why do I need a second photographer to photograph my wedding? The best answer I can give is that having another professional photographer there will get you more total images, but more importantly will allow you to have many different photos of all of the important events of the day. From the kiss at the altar, to the first dance at the reception, and the exit to the honeymoon, a second photographer will be able to help capture these moments from different angles so that you’ll have a greater variety and complete picture of what transpired on your wedding day.

Time issues can be a problem at weddings, so a second photographer also helps a great deal with this. While I’m photographing the bride and bridesmaids getting ready, my second shooter is either photographing the guys getting ready or the important details at the venue. Due to time, it can be hard to capture all of this by myself, but having another photographer with me helps alleviate these issues.

A final reason for choosing to hire a second photographer is that it’s nice to have someone else there who can take photos while the main photographer may be with the bride and groom taking some creative images.  While I’m with the couple, my second shooter can be either taking photos of the guests or assisting me. At most receptions, brides and grooms like to get lots of photos of their guests having fun. A second photographer will enable you to get many more images of all the important events that occur.  

Check out the images below to see why having a second photographer is important!

Kristin M. Marts - I am curious what your process is in finding your second photographer. I am very interested in photography, having done a bit on the side recently – mostly outdoor portrait shots, family shots, and a wedding or two. I am very interested in your quality of work. My favorite shots to take are candid ones. I would like to focus eventually on dancer shots during rehearsals and performances as a future goal. Please give me any advice you can spare. Thanks.


Jason Crader - Hi Kristin…thanks for the question…many times photographers don’t have to look too far…in the past couple of days, I’ve had three people contact me who have shown interest in being a 2nd shooter. If you have a website and are promoting what you do, other likeminded individuals will find you. Befriend the photographers in your local area. There are a couple of guys I’ve become friends with over the past year here in Little Rock, that I’ll 2nd shoot for if they need some help. I know all I have to do is ask them and they’ll be willing to help me in a moment’s notice too. Another idea is to look for a local photography club in your area. There will be a large pool of experienced and inexperienced people there that you can network with to find someone who will fit as a 2nd shooter for you. Be careful in who you choose. They are representing your business and you. Make sure you are both on the same page from the very beginning so there are no misunderstandings in the future. I hope this helps!

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