If you answered yes to this question, more than likely you or your husband to be are planning a timeless and traditional wedding ceremony. This can be an exhilarating moment, full of anticipation and emotion! You take a deep breath, smile up at your dad, and he says, “Okay. Are you ready?” You smile up at him with a big grin and nod your head yes. The doors open and you begin to walk down the isle together. At first you see your amazing fiancé, and he is looking right back at you. Suddenly, your glance is drawn towards your mom who is sitting in the front row. Then you see your best friend, and maid of honor, starting to tear up. And before you realize it, the ceremony is over! It went so fast and you can’t wait to see the photos that your wedding photographer captured of that exciting experience.
If so, there are a few things I can tell you that will be important questions to ask yourself before deciding if you need to ask your wedding photographer about a second shooter.
Depending on how you answered those questions, you may want to consider talking to your photographer about having a second shooter. Realistically, that is the only way to get the best photos from both you and your future husband’s perspective of the ceremony.
If you are anything like me, you hate feeling rushed. Your heart races, you start thinking about if your guest are getting impatient, and just like that these special few moments pass by without your complete attention. I don’t want that for you, my friend.
As a wedding photographer that also considers herself a Highly Sensitive Person, I can put myself in your position. What does that mean? If you start to feel tense and rushed, I am here to remind you that my second shooter is capturing fun images during cocktail hour. This means that you can take a few deep breaths and give yourself permission to take in this moment for just a little bit longer before rejoining the fun, yet potentially overwhelming reception.
While I can still reassure you of the importance of this moment without a second shooter, I am not able to assist your guests and snap fun images of everyone else relaxing into this event and just being themselves. Personally, I wish that I would have had an activity or fun photos planned for our guests while we were off getting portraits taken.
Honestly, this is such an important question to think about when planning your wedding and choosing your vendors. In a world where Instagram and Pinterest showcase stunning photos and ideas for planning a wedding, those who have a specific budget set may find it difficult to stay within it. I can completely understand this, which is why I offer customized packages and payment plans. If you are someone who really values photography and is aligned with my brand mission, I would be happy to work with you to see if I can create a package that will work for your budget.
I also have a lot of connections with other wedding vendors, so if you decide I am not the right fit for you, I may be able to help you find the right fit for you.
Although you may wonder what this has to do with hiring a second shooter, if your wedding photographer offers it, let me explain. In the world of wedding photography you will find a few types of people.
Each type has it’s own pro’s and con’s. The reason I mention that I love to learn from other photographers is because I am so proud to be part of a community that prides itself in community over competition. I have been able to develop relationships with some incredibly talented business owners who value the client’s experience. This enables me to ensure that my second shooters produce quality images instead of only viewing your wedding as a stepping stone. There are good people out there who actually care about you.
If you read all the way to the end and you feel understood and validated, please reach out to me. I would love to share more tips on my experience as a wedding photographer in order to help you plan a wedding day that feels like you.