Why Having a Second Photographer at Your Wedding Is So Important!

Weddings

May 22, 2021

Weddings are one of the best days of your life, and also very busy! From getting ready with your girlfriends, the first look (or not), family photos, the ceremony, bride and groom portraits, bridal party portraits, the reception and everything in between, it is a busy day to say the least! You just hired a photographer who’s images you LOVE and you’re so excited to see the photos a few short weeks after your wedding day, right? But do you ever wonder how your photographer was able to capture the hundreds of photos you just received in your gallery? Yes, your photographer is talented, but they also had a second set of hands, literally and figuratively! Here at Kaitlin Mendoza Photography, we think having a second photographer at your wedding is not only important, but crucial in most cases!

Kaitlin Mendoza Photography describing why having a second photographer at your wedding is so important

We’ve put together a few reasons why we think having a second photographer at your wedding is so important, and why we include one in most of the collections that we offer!

1. When you have to be in two places at once!

While you and your girls are getting ready, your fiance is also getting ready at a different location! In order to get photos of all those sweet candid moments between the both of you and your closest friends, as well as take photos of all the pretty little details you spent so much time deciding on, the lead photographer has to be with one group while the second photographer at your wedding is with the other group. Another instance when this can occur, is when the lead photographer is photographing reception details before the guests enter after cocktail hour, while the second shooter captures candid moments and group photos of guests during the cocktail hour!

2. To have different angles at different parts of the day

During different parts of the day, for example, during the ceremony and the reception, the lead photographer and the second photographer will having different types of lenses on their cameras to ensure they capture difference perspectives. Throughout the wedding day we want to make sure we’re capturing both such as intimate and close up images, as well as wide and pulled back images to capture the entire scene.

3. The ensure we get the shot

This has NEVER happened to me luckily, but I’ve definitely had nightmares about it. What if the photographers camera locks up for example, during the first kiss? That moment is SO quick, and even if your photographer reaches for her second back up camera, she most likely would have already missed that moment. When you have a second photographer at your wedding, you can ensure that those fast intimate moments will not be missed, no matter what happens!

Kaitlin Mendoza Photography describing why having a second photographer at your wedding is so important

4. You will receive a lot more photos when you have a second photographer at your wedding day!

You doesn’t love having a ton of images to look back through and choose from on their wedding day? In my opinion, there can never be too many! When you have a second photographer at your wedding, your photographer will be able to deliver a lot more images in your final gallery! As mentioned before, you’ll also have a lot more variety in those photos, such as pulled back and close ups of the same moment that both can tell a different story.

Kaitlin Mendoza Photography describing why having a second photographer at your wedding is so important

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