I think the concept of having two photographers at a wedding is becoming much more mainstream and almost an expected necessity to couples planning their weddings. Most couples know they want two photographers, but why is it important and what are we doing all day?
I am so fortunate to work with my husband, Austin, as my second shooter. I love working as a husband and wife team because I feel like we work so well together and he is so sweet to up with my crazy ideas.
While I am always the lead photographer, I obviously can't be everywhere and there are some portions of the day that are better suited for Austin anyway. Sometimes, he has to be super stealth and do crazy things for me to help with my lighting woes, such as when I asked him to hid behind this couple with a light.
Most of the time, though, he spends his time doing what he does best. Since the girls usually arrive before the guys, he typically begins the day taking pictures of the venue, ceremony location, and other details of the area. Then, once the guys arrive, he hangs out with them documenting whatever it is that guys do as well as a few pictures of the groom getting ready.
While the guys are doing their thing, I'm with the girls getting shots of the details of the dress, the final hair and makeup prep, and the moment the bride gets into her dress.
If you choose to do a first look, Austin will place the groom in position and then we are able to get both angles as you see each other for the first time and have a special moment together.
Throughout the day, we are able to each capture the events from our vantage point with a variety of lenses. I love looking at the pictures after the wedding to see what Austin's story of the day was. I know what I got but it is so fun to see his view point of the same moments.
I love it when he sees details that I don't even notice. He's was going through an obsession with great watches when we shot this wedding, so I shouldn't even be surprised.
Of course, my all time favorite is our dual vantage points during the precessional. The look on everyone's face is always priceless.
We just think it is so essential to have two photographers, we include it in all of our wedding collections. Contact us today to learn more about how we can capture your special day.
Erika Brown Photography is a Wedding and Engagement Photographer based in Indianapolis, Indiana but frequently travels to Atlanta, Georgia and destinations worldwide to photograph weddings.