Cincinnati Wedding Photography – Your 2nd Photographer!

Cincinnati Wedding Photography – Your 2nd Photographer!

This weeks Cincinnati wedding photography advice is talking all about the ‘2nd photographer’ on wedding days. In my initial consultations with couples, the 2nd photographer is something I get asked about a lot. ‘Is there a 2nd photographer?’ ‘How many hours do they shoot?’ ‘Are they necessary?’ ‘Who are they?’ All wonderful questions! Some of those will be answered differently by different photographers, so as always, the below is solely my opinion.

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Who are they?

My second photographers are always fellow wedding photographers that I’ve gotten to know and trust in my time as a Cincinnati wedding photographer. They are other professionals, who often times own their own businesses and whose photography is very much in a style similar to my own. When you look at the finished product of your wedding day, you will never be able to tell whether a particular image is one that I took or the second photographer took.  This is so very important to me.

Additionally they are someone I know I can trust to be completely professional throughout the day. As they are representing my Cincinnati wedding photography business, this is also invaluable to me. Many other photographers may recruit college interns or people just starting to get into the industry as their seconds. Hiring experienced professional photographers gives not only myself a sense of comfort, but my clients a much better experience and finished product.

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Insurance Policy

Rarely, if ever, will you hear me talk about “worst case scenarios” related to my camera equipment. The odds of something happening on a wedding day are very minuscule. That said, having not only a second photographer, but also that photographers cameras, is a welcome insurance policy for worst-case scenarios. I always carry two cameras on me, and ask that my second photographers do the same during ceremony and reception. So in the case of something that cannot be repeated – like exchanging your rings, your first kiss or your first dance – you will always have no less than two humans and four cameras available to capture this moment.

So not only are they an insurance policy, having a second means more final images for the client. Having them there allows us to get alternate angles of everything that is going on. This would not be possible with just one photographer. Take for example photographing the bridal party – and let’s say it’s a large bridal party. While I’m taking images that focus on showing the entire bridal party, my second is generally on a long lens that allows them to get close-ups of people’s faces or maybe the bridesmaids flowers. So the same amount of time spent taking pictures, yields not only more quantity , but more quality!

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Two Places at Once

As much as I would like to, I have yet to figure out how I can be in two places at once. For most weddings, I will begin in the morning with the ladies when they start their hair and makeup. The second photographer will start later in the day when the guys begin to get ready. This makes sense because generally it takes the guys about five minutes from start to finish. That is a bit of an exaggeration of course, but let’s be real guys – tie on, shoes on, coat on, hair check, Ready!

The 2nd being with the guys, allows me to stay with the bride during important times, like getting your hair and makeup done, hanging out with your ladies and putting on your dress. Meanwhile, the second photographer is shooting the guys getting ready and in some cases will start their portraits as well, while the ladies are putting on their finishing touches.

Along those same lines, after the ceremony is another place where a second photographer is invaluable. Post ceremony, we will have to photograph your family formals as well as perhaps a few more family formals. Simultaneously, the second photographer will head off to shoot the cocktail hour as well as all the details of your reception setup. It would be next to impossible for me to do this all on my own!

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So Are They Important?

With the second shooter’s day beginning later then mine, it allows that persons time (generally 8 hours) to stretch out over the most important parts of your day where you would want tow photographers – the ceremony and reception (introductions, speeches, dances). 

There was a time when I first began wedding photography where I would shoot weddings by myself, but that was many years ago. Both as the lead photographer and as a client, the comfort of knowing you have another photographer in places I cannot be and as an insurance policy, is completely invaluable. I can’t image ever again photographing a wedding solo.

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Cincinnati Wedding Photography – Your 2nd Photographer!

This weeks Cincinnati wedding photography advice is talking all about the ‘2nd photographer’ on wedding days. In my initial consultations with couples, the 2nd photographer is something I get asked about a lot. ‘Is there a 2nd photographer?’ ‘How many hours do they shoot?’ ‘Are they necessary?’ ‘Who are they?’ All wonderful questions! Some of those will be answered differently by different photographers, so as always, the below is solely my opinion.

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Who are they?

My second photographers are always fellow wedding photographers that I’ve gotten to know and trust in my time as a Cincinnati wedding photographer. They are other professionals, who often times own their own businesses and whose photography is very much in a style similar to my own. When you look at the finished product of your wedding day, you will never be able to tell whether a particular image is one that I took or the second photographer took.  This is so very important to me.

Additionally they are someone I know I can trust to be completely professional throughout the day. As they are representing my Cincinnati wedding photography business, this is also invaluable to me. Many other photographers may recruit college interns or people just starting to get into the industry as their seconds. Hiring experienced professional photographers gives not only myself a sense of comfort, but my clients a much better experience and finished product.

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Insurance Policy

Rarely, if ever, will you hear me talk about “worst case scenarios” related to my camera equipment. The odds of something happening on a wedding day are very minuscule. That said, having not only a second photographer, but also that photographers cameras, is a welcome insurance policy for worst-case scenarios. I always carry two cameras on me, and ask that my second photographers do the same during ceremony and reception. So in the case of something that cannot be repeated – like exchanging your rings, your first kiss or your first dance – you will always have no less than two humans and four cameras available to capture this moment.

So not only are they an insurance policy, having a second means more final images for the client. Having them there allows us to get alternate angles of everything that is going on. This would not be possible with just one photographer. Take for example photographing the bridal party – and let’s say it’s a large bridal party. While I’m taking images that focus on showing the entire bridal party, my second is generally on a long lens that allows them to get close-ups of people’s faces or maybe the bridesmaids flowers. So the same amount of time spent taking pictures, yields not only more quantity , but more quality!

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Two Places at Once

As much as I would like to, I have yet to figure out how I can be in two places at once. For most weddings, I will begin in the morning with the ladies when they start their hair and makeup. The second photographer will start later in the day when the guys begin to get ready. This makes sense because generally it takes the guys about five minutes from start to finish. That is a bit of an exaggeration of course, but let’s be real guys – tie on, shoes on, coat on, hair check, Ready!

The 2nd being with the guys, allows me to stay with the bride during important times, like getting your hair and makeup done, hanging out with your ladies and putting on your dress. Meanwhile, the second photographer is shooting the guys getting ready and in some cases will start their portraits as well, while the ladies are putting on their finishing touches.

Along those same lines, after the ceremony is another place where a second photographer is invaluable. Post ceremony, we will have to photograph your family formals as well as perhaps a few more family formals. Simultaneously, the second photographer will head off to shoot the cocktail hour as well as all the details of your reception setup. It would be next to impossible for me to do this all on my own!

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So Are They Important?

With the second shooter’s day beginning later then mine, it allows that persons time (generally 8 hours) to stretch out over the most important parts of your day where you would want tow photographers – the ceremony and reception (introductions, speeches, dances). 

There was a time when I first began wedding photography where I would shoot weddings by myself, but that was many years ago. Both as the lead photographer and as a client, the comfort of knowing you have another photographer in places I cannot be and as an insurance policy, is completely invaluable. I can’t image ever again photographing a wedding solo.

Cincinnati Wedding Photography Tuesday Tip Advice

Comments

  1. John Kenney

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    AMO and I were just talking about this!

    Great post. Love the pictures intertwined with your post.

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