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Second Professional Photographer for Weddings

Bride and groom sunset photo at the Grand Ivory wedding venue

I had the pleasure of serving as second professional photographer for JL Glamour Photography for this stunning wedding. This winter inspired wedding was held at the Grand Ivory in Leonard, Texas. I only second shoot a few times during wedding season but it always reminds me why it’s beneficial to include this service.

Why You Should Include A Second Professional Photographer For Your Wedding


The second professional photographer can help capture moments that the couple isn’t privy to see. Prior to the ceremony, the bride is normally tucked away from guests. The second shooter can capture moments such as guest arrival and their interactions. They can also photograph the all of the details! The couple carefully selected details to create the perfect atmosphere. The second photographer can take care of this while the primary photographer captures the bride getting in her gown.

Red and white rose wedding bouquet for winter wedding


The lead photographer can only be in one location at a time. Normally, activities are happening at the same time like bride and groom getting ready. Having a second professional photographer allows both events to be captured simultaneously.

For this wedding, while Jennifer was photographing the bride and bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done, I captured the groom getting ready with his groomsmen. As Jennifer photographed family formals, I grabbed images of the bride and groom’s parents.

Groom portrait near window in blue suit
Groomsmen fixes groom's tie in the Grand Ivory groom's suite


A second photographer can provide alternate angles throughout the day. I love having a second photographer to capture the back of the bride’s gown as she walks down the isle while I capture the groom’s reaction to the bride. Another great opportunity for a different angle is the first looks. The lead photographer will focus on the bride while the second photographer captures the groom’s reaction of the bride. Having multiple angles provide a complete story.

First look with bride and groom in chapel of Grand Ivory
Wedding prayer at alter of Grand Ivory chapel
Chapel ceremony at Gran Ivory in Dallas, Texas


The number of images in your wedding gallery can double. Who wouldn’t want more images!! I hope you enjoy the images I captured second shooting for JL Glamour!

Brides last look in the mirror before the ceremony
Bridemaids in burgundy dresses on swing in front of brides cottage at the Grand Ivory
Bride and bridesmaids winter wedding getting ready
First look portraits in Grand Ivory chapel

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  1. Brigitte says:

    These are stunning wedding images! Great angles as a second shooter.

  2. Ashley says:

    Yes! I second this. Having a second shooter is so important in capturing every aspect of the day

  3. Courtney says:

    What a great way to educate your clients! Very well done!

  4. Ashley says:

    Great way to educate your clients. Also these images are stunning!

  5. Theresa says:

    You have done such a gorgeous job capturing the day! The colors are so beautiful!

  6. Erin says:

    these are great tips for your clients! these are such lovely images!

  7. Rachel says:

    I really enjoyed this post and your pictures are gorgeous!

  8. Holly says:

    That cake is so pretty! I really love how fresh and bright these images are!

  9. Sara says:

    great reasons for having a 2nd shooter! and beautiful images.

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