I was scrolling through a photography Facebook group and saw a post from someone searching for a second photographer. I was floored! It was Wednesday and they were looking for a photographer for a wedding happening in three days!
The thing is, it really shouldn’t be a surprise, because I see it all the time. Just about every week there’s a new post, looking for a second shooter for the weekend.
I get it! Things happen and sometimes you have to scramble to find a replacement, but it feels like this is happening way too often.
Just a few years ago most wedding photographers worked alone, but then there was a change and more husband and wife photography teams appeared. Now, it’s kinda expected to have two photographers for every wedding.
Just about every wedding website lists a second shooter as a “must have” and because of that, many photographers now include one in packages or offer one as a premium add on.
The reality is, when many photographers book a wedding they may not even have a clue who the second photographer will be. I know this because I’ve been there. It’s hard to find a consistent and dependable second shooter.
Just because a portfolio looks good online, doesn’t mean that they're going to be compatible with the lead photographer. I’ve worked with second shooters that were shy and unsure of themselves and I’ve worked with one that was overly assertive.
It doesn’t matter how good of a photographer they are, if their personality doesn’t fit they can easily become a distraction.
Between my own struggles and those I see around me, it really makes me happy that I have my amazing assistant Alicia. She’s been with me since 2015, so she usually knows what I need before I do and she always has me covered if something goes wrong.
Brides mention her all the time in reviews, because they notice the positive impact she has on their day.
You see, Alicia is more than just another photographer or my assistant. She’s a helping hand, a sounding board for ideas, and a secret weapon that makes sure we never miss a moment. I don’t give her near enough credit, but I’m truly grateful that she’s on my team!