What is a Second Shooter & do I need one?

So whether you’ve had a look at my Winnipeg wedding pricing or have just done a bit of research on wedding photography, you’ve probably come across the term “second shooter”. I’m here to shed some light on what a second shooter is and help you decide whether adding one to your package is the right move for you!

First things first, let’s break down what a second shooter actually is. In simple terms, a second shooter is an additional photographer hired to work alongside the primary photographer on your big day. While the primary photographer (who YOU hire) focuses on capturing those must-have shots like the first kiss and family portraits, the second shooter is able to take a behind-the-scenes approach for more of the day, snapping candid moments and unique perspectives that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The second shooter is always hired by your main photographer as they have a list of people they love to work with that they trust to capture your day in the same style. So don’t worry, you don’t have to go find ANOTHER photographer for your day!

Now, you might be wondering, “Do I really need a second shooter?” The answer depends on several factors, including the size of your wedding, your budget, and your photography preferences.

If I’m being perfectly honest, 9 times out of ten I’m able to capture all the amazing candids and a variety of angles throughout your wedding day. BUT I wanted to share a few reasons hiring a second shooter might be a benefit or a handy add-on for your wedding day:

one reason to hire a second shooter…

One of the biggest advantages of having a second shooter is the ability to capture more moments from different angles. While I’m busy capturing the walk down the aisle, my second shooter might be discreetly photographing from behind or the tearful eyes of proud parents. This dynamic duo approach ensures that no moment is missed and that you’ll have a diverse range of photos to cherish for years to come.

another benefit of hiring a second shooter…

is the added flexibility it provides. With two photographers on hand, we can divide and conquer, covering multiple locations simultaneously. Whether it’s the bride getting ready at the hotel while the groomsmen share a toast at the venue or capturing cocktail hour while the bridal party takes portraits, having a second shooter ensures that every aspect of your day is documented in real-time. This helps if you want to have lots of free or extra time on your wedding day as well!

the main reason to consider a second shooter is…

the opportunity for even more candid and authentic moments. I thrive on capturing the raw emotions and unscripted interactions that make your wedding day truly special. With a second shooter by my side, we can blend into the background and capture those fleeting moments of laughter, tears, and everything in between, without intruding on the magic of the moment.

Better at visuals? Let me paint a picture for you with some examples of what that might look like…

  1. The First Look from Two Perspectives: While I usually focus on the person facing away during the first look, the second shooter can focus on whoever is doing their big reveal of the dress!
  1. Candid Moments During the Ceremony: As I photograph the exchange of vows and rings at the altar, my second shooter captures the tender moments shared between family members and guests, from tearful embraces to joyful smiles.
  1. Behind-the-Scenes Fun at the Reception: While I’m busy photographing the first dances, my second shooter captures the spontaneous dance-off between friends on the dance floor or reactions of guests.

Ultimately, whether or not to hire a second shooter is a personal decision that depends on your priorities and preferences as a couple. If you value candid moments, comprehensive coverage, and the assurance that every aspect of your day will be documented with care and creativity, then adding a second shooter to your wedding photography package might just be the perfect choice for you!

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Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba I capture intimate weddings and engagements for sentimental couples.  Timeless images of candid, in-between moments that transport you right back to your wedding day and make you feel ALLL the feels.