I am able too, but it takes incredible skill and having to be in the right place at the right time And a lot of stress. This is why when I shoot a wedding, I always try to have an assistant with me. I get the groom, and the assistant gets bridal party/bride down the aisle.
Does your photographer include a second Shooter? Maybe ask if she can provide one.
Pros to having your photohi have a second shooter
– different angles & perspectives like you said
– if one photographer has a gear malfunction, or trips or is being blocked by a family member trying to get the shot too, you have an insurance policy of sorts that the second should have caught it.
– your hired photographer is less stressed as she has someone to lug gear around and bounce ideas off
– can be a bit more expensive, but most include it in their packages
– having to pay for two extra meals
Big no no with photographers, unless the photog suggests it, or is 100% OK with it, avoid trying to hire two photographers from different businesses at once. If they haven’t worked together before, they will both be trying to act as main shooter, tripping over each other etc. which is why I bring a second, as I educate and work with them so they are always in the opposite area to me. And most of them have in contracts (I know I do) that I am the sole professional photographer that day.
First looks are fantastic, as you are garunteed that photo of your grooms face. It also means he gets to see you first, opposed to the whole wedding guests craning for a look. And if you are having a later wedding, your photog will have better light. Plus, you get much better and more meaningful photos if its just you and your groom. It’s hard lookalike natural when you have an audience. Even if you don’t get a first look, I strongly recommend going to one of your photo locations without the bridal party, just you and the groom.