Why the Second Shooter Matters

Unfortunately, Carrie & I don’t have the chance to shoot together as often as we’d like. With conflicting schedules and the demands of scheduling at times that best serve our clients needs—it’s difficult for the two of us to arrive together at a shoot—which is why we value our interns and additional staff so much. Luckily, we had the opportunity to shoot the Leadership Huntington Foundation Gala & Graduation event last week—and we were able to do it together.

I have attended many networking events, galas, graduations and award ceremonies—and typically, there has been one photographer and one videographer. If that. Working with Carrie at this event truly brought out the significance of having an additional photographer. While she was working the room photographing the keynote speakers, the honorees, the politicians and graduates—I was photographing the details: the place setting, the candid moments, the musicians, etc.Leadership Huntington Foundation_CW Studios_2These type of events have a lot going on—while one photographer is being pulled one way, it’s easy for the other to drift around and look for the artistic shots that set us a part from our competitors—and set us a part from those who think they can pick up a camera and just photograph without professional training.Leadership Huntington Foundation_CW Studios_4Her batteries died, her flash timed out, there were awards being given and hands being shaken—yet it was all captured on film because we had two cameras and an extra pair of hands and eyes. Leadership Huntington Foundation_CW Studios_3It’s easy to work with one shooter for a portraiture session, for headshots, or even a small networking event. It’s definitely a necessity to ensure there are two photographers for large events over 50, such as weddings or galas to make sure that all of the details are caught on film. You may not think you care about the minor details during the event—but you’ll certainly be grateful to have them afterward.