Just curious: does your photographer have an assistant?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@jdhall89:  I am so glad you posted this. I was going to post something very similar. We absolutely want 2 photographers and I can’t believe any would work solo. How would they possibly capture all the shots? For our first look, I want a picture of both of our reactions. For my walk down the aisle, same goes. It would not work with one and I can’t believe anyone would even try to sell that to me!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Many times an assistant will also have a camera and will take “B-Roll” shots, just in case the photographer misses something. The assistant also helps account for equipment and in the case of something going missing or batteries dying, runs out and gets what’s needed before a disaster happens. They also set up lights, hold white cards, wrangle people….basically anything the photographer may need help with so that the job gets done woth out any flaws. I would be nervous to spend a large amount of money on a ohotographer that didn’t have an assistant!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Also…lucky you for being in Seattle!! Check out Amber French Photography. I went to school with her and she is the most talented wedding photographer I’v ever seen. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I wanted to make sure there were two photographers, so our photographers work together and are married.  The majority of the photographers we interviewed had an assistant they brought, but not all of them.  We did interview a few that just worked by themselves, which is fine.  Personally i wanted two photographers because everyone shoots so differently, and I’d like to have different perspectives in our photographs.

It depends on the photographer as to what the assistant does.  Some photographers have the assistants there shooting, while others literally ahve them there for any errands, or switching cameras…or to help with little things like that but do not have them shoot.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mine had an assistant and I also paid for a second shooter.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

ours is a married couple. BIL and SIL had 2 photographers and they loved it. One was with the guys during the morning and the other with the girls so they could both get shots. 

My bestie only had 1 and it’s one of the things she regreted. 

I know a lot of people charge extra for a 2nd photographer but I think it’s totally worth it. You get different angles. Get a shot of the crowd’s reaction to the bride/first kiss and one of the groom/actual kiss.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@MrsPanda99:  it’s very easy. I’ve shot hundreds of weddings as one shooting photographer with an assistant. All you have to do is shoot mid aisle and pivot. For the most part it’s simply knowing how to angle and position myself. In 13 years I’ve never had a single client complain about a lack of angles or coverage. Two photographers is a very recent phenomena. millions of weddings have been successfully covered by one photographer. Many of the very best photographers in the world don’t employ a second shooter. If you feel you need it thats completely a personal choice but very rarely is there a wedding I wouldn’t take on. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

My photographer is great, he doesn’t do “by the hour” – he is all ours all day. He’ll show whenever we want and leave whenever we want. He has an assistant all day (we paid $100 extra for him) and a second shooter ($400) for four hours. He recommended the second shooter for the ceremony and beginning of the reception (first dance, etc.) which I totally agree with. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes, mine has an assistant. She says that he typically goes around and gets shots of the ceremony/reception spaces, candids of the guests, etc. He will also be taking different angles of certain pictures. Ex: he’ll be in the back getting pictures of me walking from behind and she’ll be getting all the front ones…or things like that

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t shoot with an assistant, I shoot with a 2nd shooter. (unless it’s a really short small wedding) Assistants usually don’t shoot, they assist when you need help with equipment, runaround person etc.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@jdhall89:  Our photographer has an assistant, which is different than a Second Shooter. His assistant holds things, helps him with his cameras, etc. His second shooter actually takes pictures. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

It’s important to distinguish between an assistant and a second shooter. My husband is my assistant and I’d never shoot a wedding without him. It’s too hard and the logistics would be too demanding. An assistant helps with people, equipment, lighting, etc. A second shooter is a second photographer. Very rarely does a second shooter shoot all day. Many times people think double the photographers = double the photos. Rarely true. Most often the second shooter will be a combo of a second photographer a few times during the day and will act as an assistant the rest of the day. It’s crucial to ask your photographer how it will work. Never assume. I go out of my way to tell people that my assistant doesn’t shoot but he often gets asked my guests to take their photo even while he is holding a light stand haha

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ugh – I have no clue what to do.

We have a very small wedding 40-50 people and our photographer is expensive and charges and EXTRA $350 for an assistant.  Of course she is sort-of urging us to use an assistant for extra reaction shots but I just don’t think it’s necessary.   We aren’t have a lot of family portraits – it’s pretty straight forward and the FI is NOT fond of getting ready shots with his brother and friends.

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