Why I like to use assistant photographers

Many clients that I meet with haven’t considered the benefits to having more than one photographer document their wedding until I show them a few albums. Regardless of which level my clients choose, I actually include one to two seasoned photographers assisting me and who have shot beside me for over two years. They have been mentored in my style and approach and know exactly where to be and when. When documenting the story of your day, there are so many moments that are unfolding simultaneously it would be impossible to capture them all with just one photographer. I like to coordinate where each photographer will be and the angles I want to capture.

I also like to be very unobtrusive during the ceremony so it also means less running around to capture the angles I want. One example may be when the bride is walking down the aisle, I may capture her as she is approaching while another photographer captures her from behind and a third captures the groom’s reaction as he sees her in her dress for the first time.

First dance is another great example of how we may have one photographer capturing the entire scene with the bride and groom surrounded by their guests and the expanse of the ballroom while I may be capturing the emotion with close up images.

Here are just a few more examples…

When looking for the right studio, find out if they offer multiple photographers and ask to see samples of their work and level of experience. After all, your wedding day only happens once and you shouldn’t miss one moment of it being captured!

  • Oleg Matossian - December 4, 2008 - 3:27 am

    Amazing storytelling. Would love to second, third, forth, whatever shoot with you.

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