- 4 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
I wanted to pass along a little piece of advice that I picked up today regarding a second wedding photographer. On my flight this morning I sat next to a well known NYC wedding photographer, lets call him Jack. While making small talk I vented about how unhappy I was with my wedding photos. I went through the whole story but explained that I had narrowed down the problem to our 2nd shooter. (skip to bottom bold if you want the quick ending.)
Backstory: Our photographer is a one guy shop. If a couple chooses to get the 2nd shooter (which he advises you do) we were told that he would outsource the job to a local wedding photographer who is available on the date. I asked if I could see the assistant’s portfolio prior to signing the contract, however our guy said it was something that he sourced a few weeks out as most companies wont commit to a job before then. That made sense and since my FI loved this guy I said ok.
Sadly, our 2nd photographer was terrible! We thought she was so cool, fun and since she was setting up some neat shots we thought we lucked out! That all changed once we received our photos. Her photos were labeled with her name and a #, (name changed) liz123, liz335 etc so we knew those were shots she had taken. 99% of her shots of us were unusuable. They only thing she pulled off were shots of my tables and oddly our first dance. The rest are garbage and the kicker is we paid 1000$ for her services.
Jack actually begged to write a post on his blog about this very situation because he deals with thi ALL THE TIME! He gets calls from brides requesting re-shoots or portrait sessions because half of their pics end up being trash. Or, more commonly, when he meets with potential couples, brides come in wanting 2nd or 3rd shooters because other photograhers are saying it is important. Jack said unless the couple can approve the 2nd shooter themselves that he would not recommend wasting the money. His advice, pay them extra money for one, skilled photographer or make sure that you see the actual assistant’s work prior to the big day. what really hit home was when he said, “if the assistant is so good why aren’t they already booked” esp during wedding season.
So, long story short, choose your photo packages carefully ladies! Request that you approve the assistant photographer’s work prior to the wedding, even if you have to wait until a few weeks before. Otherwise you could end up with only 1/2 the pictuers you deserve.