You’ll see me talk about second shooting a lot on this blog. Because I am constantly second shooting. In fact, this season (so far and planned out through November), almost every single Saturday that I have not had my own wedding, I have been seconding.
So what is it? Most of the time, photographers want to have a second photographer for weddings, particularly large weddings. The second photographer is someone hired by the primary – the person the bride and groom paid to shoot their wedding – for a whole bunch of reasons:
- Contingency. If the primary photographer trips and breaks her ankle, or both her camera bodies fail, the second photographer is there with a whole set of gear to step right up.