Why You Should Hire a Wedding Photographer That Uses a Second Shooter

 Just another benefit of having a second shooter around - Mason often stands in to test the light for me. 

Just another benefit of having a second shooter around - Mason often stands in to test the light for me. 

I have only photographed one wedding without my husband, Mason, and I don't want to do it again. Mason has become such a vital part of Kayla Smith Photography that I don't consider him a "second shooter" at weddings. He is just as important (and just as good of a photographer) as me. That's why all of my wedding photography collections come with both of us. 

Mason is the bread to my butter, the salt to my pepper, the Johnny to my June...that's enough silly references...you get what I mean :) When we are at a wedding, he brings his unique talents and abilities that I simply don't have. And I bring the talents and abilities that he doesn't have. Neither one of us is perfect but together we create a (mostly) harmonious team. We have our fair share of hiccups like every other married couple but we know how to get the job done well. 

After many weddings, we have had family members come up to us and give us big hugs. Suddenly, we were a part of their family and I think that's due to two things: how we interact with the people at the wedding and how we interact with each other. Before they have seen a single photo, they are telling us that they will tell everyone they know about us. 

I don't think any of this would happen if I didn't have Mason by my side. To be honest, I'm just not that great when I'm all alone. Two photographers are better than one and I think that every bride should consider the benefits of hiring a photographer that guarantees two shooters at your wedding. A husband and wife duo is particularly spectacular. Why?

We can literally be in two places at once. During the ceremony, imagine for a moment that you are walking down the aisle. You want your photographer to capture both your face and your groom's face at that moment. However, you also want a grand shot of you walking down the aisle from behind. With one photographer, you can't have both but with two photographers, this is a piece of cake. 

 This shot would not exist is Mason wasn't there to capture it. 

This shot would not exist is Mason wasn't there to capture it. 

Mason is better at connecting with the guys than I am. And I'm better at connecting with the girls. It's probably because he is a guy and I am a girl ;) He has a knack for posing them and capturing the time before the wedding where they're hanging out and being guys. He takes photos of those casual moments that a bride doesn't even know are happening so she can see them when they get their wedding photos back and be totally surprised. 

 I'm always jealous of Mason because guys get ready so fast and he gets tons of photo-taking time before the ceremony.

I'm always jealous of Mason because guys get ready so fast and he gets tons of photo-taking time before the ceremony.

Group photos run smoothly. Mason and I have a system in place for group photos at weddings. Long before the wedding, I consult the bride and groom on what photo combinations they want. For example, bride with mom and dad or bride and groom with grandparents. Then, on the wedding day, Mason holds this list in his hands. As he calls out the group, I snap the photos. It's a much less stressful situation than a solo photographer who would have to handle taking photos, wrangling guests, and arranging family members all at once. 

 Bride with siblings, for example. 

Bride with siblings, for example. 

He sees from a different perspective than I do. During bride and groom portraits and during wedding party pictures, we keep the group's eyes on me while Mason will take photos from the side. He is able to capture some true, candid moments when people don't know they are being photographed. It lends a new, unexpected level of creativity.

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I am free to be less stressed and therefore more creative. And when I'm not stressed, your wedding photos will be that much better!