Why have a second shooter for your wedding photography? A good question! A second photographer provides alternate angles, reactions and focus on the special elements of your wedding day. The benefit of having two photographers at your wedding is a range of shots, angles and moments all captured. No one can be in two places at once, but with two professionals capturing your day you are guaranteed variety and perspective.
Here at Matt Rowe Photography HQ, we offer a range of packages, two of which include a second professional photographer in the ‘bundle’. We can custom design a package for you and often people will include a second photographer. It is probably best to see the outcome via images, so feast your eyes on a few different vantage points as we see some key moments captured.
Having a second shooter allows us to be in more than one place at the same time.
With so much planning for a wedding day there is a lot to cover ‘photographically’. To have two different views during the ceremony is an absolute God-send. During key moments one photographer can focus on the groom, the other on the bride. At times we mix it up and get guest reactions. During placing the rings or saying the vows, one of us can take a wide shot to capture the whole event and the other can zoom in to capture that sweet smile, or the tears welling up in a groom’s eyes.
As Sunshine Coast Fine Art photographers we work within the same style and having worked together for so long we hold a shared vision. With a second photographer at your wedding, you really are getting the benefit of two professional who are able to focus on different elements of the day. Twice the experience, twice the creativity, more photos… We work with top of the line photographic gear (Nikon, of course). With our variety of camera bodies we carry a range of lenses for capturing both wide shots and intimate details of your day. We might use a different lens or stand in a different place or maybe just be able to get a real smile from that one flower-girl who’s just too cool or shy to smile for just anyone. It’s a huge benefit.
Two photographers on your wedding day allows for angles and alternate perspectives. Eye out there rather than just eyes through the lens.
While the primary shooter is focused on what they see in camera, the second shooter can be totally aware of the details: moving people to fill a gap, ensuring everyone has their sunglasses off in the family photos (it’s surprising how often people try to hide behind these polarised babies). A second shooter can work in a more candid manner while the formalities are taking place and watch for those nuances, small gestures and knowing smiles. One of the delights when looking through your wedding images (especially of your ceremony) is being able to see the reactions of those you love. We aim to capture the tears and laughter as well as the official proceedings.
The above shots are one of our favourites – we love to capture arrivals and we LOVE to capture the reactions from our grooms. Natural and real reactions are those we hold dear. To be able to get both father and daughter in this ‘first look’ is beyond words and often is one of the many emotional memories that you will carry forever. Distance (wide shots) and close-up shots both carry their own glory. The revelation of setting and mood is so important, as is the intimacy of a close-up shot. That first moment! Added insurance
Double the captures, more exposure and more images… having a second shooter at your wedding does give assurance as well as insurance. Yes, at times there are malfunctions (luckily we have never experienced any of these, but we are still aware of the potentials). If something does go awry we have back up with a second photographer. Because all our photographers are also primary shooters, we know that in case of an incident they can take control in the blink of an eye.