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Why I Started Hiring a Third Photographer

Within the past year or so, I began looking at not only hiring my main associate photographer for wedding day coverage but additionally a third photographer. My main associate photographer (aka second shooter) is with we for most if not the entire wedding day, however, this third photographer, I will only bring in for a few hours, depending on the timeline and the flow of the day. As far as this photographers responsibilities…it varies. For one wedding, I had this third photographer capturing details of the reception site and then an alternative angle of the ceremony as well. For another wedding, I told my third photographer to be as creative as you want to be…hide in bushes, put a leaf in front of your lens, use a prism, fly your drone…etc. 

The image above was expertly captured by my third photog. This moment happened immediately after they walked down the aisle and because of where she had placed herself, the couple ended up pausing and taking a moment right in front of her. I was located to the left of the couple and in no way could’ve gotten this image.

Same wedding as the last picture. This time, my third photog was behind the bride as she made her long walk to meet her father before walking down the aisle. I of course, was up at the front near the arch and my second shooter was at the end of the aisle. Photo: Laurie of Elle Rose Photo

The image above was taken during sunset at Turtle Bay Resort. I was busy capturing the bride and groom at this point, but my third was wandering the property getting gorgeous sunset imagery. Photo: Kevin Ulep

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