As an Atlanta, Georgia wedding photographer, I absolutely LOVE that my husband is my second shooter. To me, nothing is cooler than working with my best friend! Equally important, my brides and grooms adore that we are a husband and wife team! *high five!* When couples ask what type of shots Chase typically gets on wedding days, I find myself wishing I could show them rather than tell, which inspired this blog post. Today I am sharing the essential roles my darling hubby and amazing second shooter plays on wedding day!
Some of my favorite shots of the day come from the wedding party photos that Chase is able to get. During this time, I’m standing in front of them, posing the groups and shooting directly in front of them. As I’m getting these shots, Chase is off to the side shooting a little closer in, waiting for a big laugh or capturing a little detail. It’s an invaluable part of his role on my team!
During the first look, Chase is always capturing the moment from an alternate angle. Having this angle is essential to getting the full emotion of the first look. When designing the album for the bride and groom, it’s important to use these varying perspectives. This is the best way to tell the story of the wedding day!
When it’s time for the bride and groom’s portraits, I have Chase standing off to the side to get shots from different angles. Not just that, but he is also waiting to capture the little moments in between that happen in the blink of an eye. He knows how much shots like this mean to me.
Since I am usually working closely with the bride and groom, I don’t have many opportunities to capture the precious way the groom looks at the bride as I’m talking them through a shot. BUT Chase can. And does! And it rocks my world. 🙂
As my second shooter, Chase captures the details of the ceremony space before guests arrive. This allows me to be in the reception space capturing the detail shots of that area. We have found this method really works in our favor, for the sake of time. During the ceremony, Chase will stay at the back of the pews or chairs and shoot down the center aisle. This allows me to move around during the ceremony to capture multiple angles and perspectives. When I used to shoot weddings by myself, this was something I wished I could do. With Chase on my team for two years now, I’m able to capture much more depth and emotion.
Sunset portraits is another part of the wedding day that Chase captures the little moments in between.
In conclusion, Chase, my amazing hubby and second shooter, has numerous and intentional tasks throughout the wedding day. Without Chase’s shots, the wedding albums wouldn’t provide as much depth for my brides and grooms. With his images, the gallery I’m able to produce for the bride and groom is one that hold more moments, memories and love. Of course there are more moments beyond these that Chase catches throughout a wedding day but these are the most essential! I’m grateful to be able to share these beautiful wedding days with my best friend and to be doing something we both love doing! I’m such a cornball but teamwork REALLY does make the dream work!
Thank you to Karmen and Dylan for welcoming Chase and I into your lives to capture your wedding journey. From the engagements to styled shoot right up to the wedding day, it has been a JOY getting to know you both!!! We can’t wait to see you guys again!