The Importance of a Second Photographer who Gets the Vision

Isaac here. If you follow the blog, you know that I have the privilege of being Jordan's second photographer. So today's topic is really important to me. A second shooter can add a ton of value to your wedding experience (either as a bride or a first photographer) if they get your vision--if they understand the story you want to tell. Telling that story from a second perspective is one of my favorite things about the wedding day.

Below, we have three sets of photos from Mary Kate + Will's wedding.  Mine is the photo on the left. The shot Jordan was getting at the time is on the right (except the last one, but we'll get to that). The whole wedding is going to be on the blog very soon, so be looking for that. In the mean time, enjoy the sneak peak!

Getting Candid Moments

First, Jordan led Mary Kate and will across a bridge in the rock garden at Kuhs Farm. She was about to set up the moment on the right. I was ready to get the other angle, when another moment, what you see on the left, happened right in front of me. Mary Kate and Will love that garden, and they loved walking through it together. This image captures a great moment of exploring the garden together, and it shows Will serving his bride by carrying her dress. Sweet.

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Getting a shot from a Different perspective

The image on the right is Jordan's film image. It shows the path they just walked down. Mine is only slightly different, but in the background you can see the field of flowers next to the path. I was glad to capture the same moment with a different background.

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As everyone knows, Jordan is the queen of wedding details. That great eye doesn't go away when she starts taking bridal portraits. You can see from the three images on the right Jordan shooting the dress, the bouquet, and a portrait. All that set up a great profile shot for me, which is what you see on the left. I love that shot. Very elegant. And you can see all those details together.

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Getting shots that the primary photographer can't

You'll notice Jordan doesn't have a different angle of this. That's because at that moment, she's telling the story of Mary Kate and her bridesmaids. Meanwhile, Will and his guys are entertaining themselves, which is just what you want to see from the groomsmen. I'm pretty sure they didn't know I was paying attention to them either. Makes for a great, totally authentic photo.

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