Top five reasons why I don’t shoot with out a second shooter

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Hello to the bride-to-be! Today’s blog post is for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

Whether you have found a photographer or not, I thought I would share with you why you should hire a second shooter on your wedding day.

I have been shooting weddings for almost four years now and ever since I had photographed my first wedding, I have not gone with out a second shooter and I will NOT shoot with out one.

My couples know that David is my second shooter, but if for some reason he can not make it, I ALWAYS have a back up. It’s so crucial for me to photograph weddings with one!

When a couple hires me, they are automatically get two photographers for their day and this is why:

  1. I can not be at two places at once. (I wish I could! hehe!) When you are getting ready, I will be with you. While you are getting ready, isn’t your groom getting ready at the same time? Most likely, yes! During those times of you getting into your dress, your groom-to-be is getting ready too and both of you have moments that need to be captured. You both will want to look back on those photos of how it looked when you both got ready. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I will note that, yes, it is possible to time everything out where I can capture you getting ready and then him getting ready… But that adds more time to your day that you would have to hire me for. (& It might cause you stress if things run behind)
  2. If things run behind, my second shooter can run and photograph what we are running into. For example, if he is done capturing the groom and groomsmen, but the bride and bridesmaids are running behind, he can go capture the ceremony details before people are welcomed in to sit. He is there to help run and capture something if we are hurrying to get back on time with the timeline. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. The second shooter helps A TON during family photos. They help going down the list of family groups you wish to be photographed with and they help gather everyone together. This also helps with time! The faster we get done with family formals, the faster you can get to the reception or the more time you have for your bride & groom portraits.

4. My favorite part of having a second shooter with me on wedding days is because they have a different perspective. We both are moving around through out your wedding day, but sometimes something happens within seconds, but your back is towards me, the second shooter is the one capture the emotion on your face(s). ๐Ÿ™‚ Take a look at the photo above. David was able to capture the emotion between the two, while I was capturing a wider shot of this moment. This is also a bonus for you, because you have more photographs to keep from your big day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. This is always a scary thought, but I love being prepared for anything and everything. IF something were to happen to me on your wedding day, my second shooter will be there to cover the rest of your day!

Second shooters are valuable to save time, be there when needed, and helps create more photographs of your big day!

I really hope this helps you decide whether to hire a second shooter for your wedding day or not (or better, hire the photographer that doesn’t shoot with out one :P).

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or email me with any questions! I am happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelby Danielle
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I am a wedding & portrait photographer based in Southern California and beyond!

I started at the young age of 16 in my hometown of Orange in Orange
County, California. As my photography business grew and I got married,
life took me to the Chino Hills area, making me more centered to all
major Southern California counties.

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