If you spend as much time as I do on social media, you probably would have seen this spectacular image. Captured last weekend by landscape photographer Sam Yeldham, who was preparing to document the afternoon storm rolling in from Bradleys Head in Sydney. Unbeknownst to him, a bride & groom were having their portraits taken by the talented Liv Style Photography down below – what happened next, some might say, was a happy accident! Sam not only took his first wedding photograph, but the gorgeous newlyweds also got to have a portrait of them from a different perspective, a gorgeous image that I’m sure will compliment their complete wedding gallery beautifully.
There has been a wide variety of media coverage in regards to this ‘happy accident.’ Some even going as far to question the relevance of wedding photographers – however, Sam’s stunning landscape portrait of the newlyweds made it even clearer to me, the importance – and beauty – that comes from having a second photographer along to capture your wedding day.
You see, as a professional wedding photographer, I understand that I can only be in one place at a time… hopefully science will catch up and I will be able to clone myself one day (I can just imagine how much I could get done then!!) In the meantime though, I understand that to document a wedding day from two perspectives, you need another set of hands, another set of eyes, you need a second photographer. Imagine all the moments that are missed when you have only one photographer. They can only capture one perspective at a time… and so, images like Sam’s go unseen.
If you are planning your wedding day, please consider paying the little extra to add a second photographer to your collection… when you receive your wedding photos from the day – I promise you won’t regret it (to see my packages that include a second photographer, click here!) Here are some other moments that a second photographer can capture, that you seriously don’t want to be missed:
- The morning of the wedding day, is always full of anticipation and preparation… if the bride is close with her father, I love to capture the moment that he sees her in her wedding dress for the first time. My assistant photographer will focus on the bride entering the room, while I document her father’s reaction…
- During the ceremony, as the primary photographer I always focus on the bride’s entrance and walk down the aisle, while my assistant photographer is photographing the groom’s reaction when he first sees his bride (which in my opinion is just as important!)
- Lastly, I believe in the important of documenting the wedding day as it unfolds. The natural, candid photos of your friends and family are a big part of your day, and so with a second photographer – more of these can be documented! Imagine the value of these images if a friend or family member is no longer around… that’s the power of photography. Freezing time. Documenting people you love… and more of that, is a good thing.