Communication between the lead photographer and second, regarding image sharing should be talked about before hand.
When a client hires a photographer for their wedding day, they have agreed and contracted based on the photographers portfolio of past work. The primary photographer has the discretion to review and make a decision for photos that make the "final cut" that still overall represents the client full wedding day. If a second shooter sends or share photos outside on their own to the primary photographer client, you now potentially have a disappointed and/or confused client. To keep things simple between all parties, always wait and speak to the primary photographer about photo sharing.
Some photographers may allow their second to use the photos they took for their portfolio but not online such as social media or website. While other photographers, may allow their second more privilege as long as credit is given that states who the leading photographer is and states you as the second shooter.
Now let's talk about the pro's of having a second shooter. There are several advantages of having a second shooter at a wedding.
- Coverage: Two photographers can capture more angles and moments simultaneously.
- Backup: incase of unexpected issues, a second shooter can step in to ensure less disruptions.
- Efficiency: a second shooter can be task to coverage another area or help manage groups photos more quickly so the couple can spend more time enjoying their day.
- Comprehensive storytelling: The combination of photos from both photographers can provide a more complete and nuanced storytelling of the wedding day.
Overall, being a second shooter is about being a reliable, supportive, and skilled team player, helping to capture beautiful moments and deliver a great experience for clients.