(Closed) Tips when considering a second photographer

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I think this all comes down to:

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!!

Hire someone that has been around a while, and has established themself for some time in you area.  9.9 times out of 10 they are not going to use a sub par second shooter.  You get what you pay for too.  Market rates for second shooters for full day coverage will be in the 500 dollar range (give or take depending on area), so if you can get a second shooter for 200 bucks, you are probably getting someone as defined in the above post.

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@USER876: Totally agree! A reputable photographer is not going to hire a sub-par second shooter, b/c his/her name is on the line. And a good team will know not to get the same shots.

@BeeM: Well written, thanks for posting this. I personally do want a second shooter, and hired a reputable team because of that. But it may not be the best solution for everyone, and you’ve given some good reasons why.

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I will just add:  Ours came as a team (they are a couple), and it was AWESOME to be able to have one shooter at my husband’s hotel shooting preceremony pics while they were getting ready at the same time one shooter was at my hotel shooting preceremony pics with me and my family.  That alone would make a second shooter worth it to me (our wedding was very small with about 55 guests total).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

We have a second shooter, but didn’t pay for him. My photographer shoots all her weddings with at least one more photographer. They’re usually there to make sure she doesn’t miss the important events… like the first kiss, etc. If something goes wrong with her equipment she wants to make sure somebody (whether it’s good or bad) gets that shot. Then if there are two different things going on at once, she will do the important one and the second shooter will do the other.

I like the post though 🙂 Those are definitely good things to look out for!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@BeeM: Actually… I do have a professional photographer. And she does have her own back-up equipment. But she is coming from the standpoint that the kiss lasts for like 2 seconds. So if her equipment fails… getting to her back-up equipment is going to take longer than 2 seconds. That’s why she has a second shooter for important moments. And yes, her second shooter is added onto the package… she just doesn’t give people an option not to have one. Just like engagement sessons–it’s added to the package, but you have to have one so she can learn how to shoot you and your FI and can teach you how to be comfortable in front of the camera.

I never said that my photographer was not confident in getting shots that matter. Over the years that she has worked… she has never had to use the back-up shooter’s footage for special moments (because she always get the better shot anyhow). And to clarify, her second shooter is not an amature… her second shooters just don’t own the company and don’t have as many years of experience as she does.

I wasn’t trying to go against your post. I was just pointing out the situation I was in because I didn’t have a choice for as to if I wanted a second shooter or not. Guess I just won’t speak up next time?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@kperry3:  I also find it odd that a photographer would admit or discuss these things.  Most pro’s are confident shooting a wedding solo.

If you miss the kiss, you ask the couple to do it again…..I’ve seen it done, no big deal.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Great post @BeeM though not all teams are created equally. I know plenty of full time husband and wife teams who work together myself included. It all comes down to doing your homework and asking the right questions. We don’t view ourselves and lead and second shooter either since we both pull from our strengths. For instance, I love shooting with a wide lens and telling the whole story within a single image where my husband likes to shoot with longer a lens and captures emotion and detail. He covers the groom and his fam and I cover the bride and her fam so it’s more of a two perspective thing vs someone there just in case.

Brides if you are looking into hiring a pro with a second just make sure you know that you are getting someone with as much experience as your pro. Ask who they use and if you can see examples of their work.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@BeeM: I don’t think it’s right to come on here and specifically target husband/wife photo teams with this post. There are plenty of these teams where BOTH husband and wife are very talented, they’re both as familiar and comfortable with eachother as a team can get, which works to their advantage, and finally, both shooters are experienced.

My husband second shoots with me often, and it started out that he would just come to get some practice at no extra charge to the couple. For weddings where a second was actually purchased, I brought in someone else. I taught my husband everything I know, and even began sending him on solo shoots, all of which have gotten excellent reactions from my brides, some of which now specifically request him as either a second shooter for their wedding, or for specific types of sessions.

Two years later, I am just now on the verge of announcing us as a “husband and wife team.” My husband has shot way more weddings than more than half of the “professional” solo photographers you see out there, so I’m MORE than comfortable with that. He really does have an amazing eye for photography, and since he learned from me, our styles match exactly! And yes, as a reputable photographer, it’s my business on the line, and there is no way I would do it if his skills were not up to snuff.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@USER876: Oh, then I take it all back 🙂 I made a thread today that mentioned I was pretty cranky due to starting my period. So sorry if I was being unreasonable. The only reason I know most of these things (and probably defensive) is because my photographer is an acquiantance for a few years ago. I’ve been following her work for two years now and she is my dream photographer, and also happens to be a good acquaintance. So that’s the only reason why I know a lot about “behind the scenes” photography from her.

I’m not worried about if her second shooter can’t make it. She is photojournalistic as well and very capable to do weddings on her own. Her package is not a la carte, which apparently some people don’t like… but I like her reasoning, and prices are built in anyway.

But it looks like this has become a thread of professional photographers commenting with each other. So that’s all I really have for now. I have my photographer and I’m happy with it. Have fun commenting 🙂

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