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By Richard Shoaf, RS7 Studios

There you are, working with your trusted fellow photographers at an amazing venue as a Saint Louis Wedding Photographer.  The location is all ready, the guests are arriving for the big day.  Your primary photographer is diligently creating the images that will be the new families heirlooms while you are functioning as the “second shooter”.

The term “second shooter” is not exactly what one would think sometimes.  The “other” photographer has lots of responsibilities and often is allowed the freedom to capture those unique moments of raw emotion while the primary photographer is being a good steward of their time creating images that are expected.

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I find while “second shooting” I have the freedom to capture those emotional moments that are unscripted while disappearing into the landscape.  There are many rules of wedding photography.  One that should be headed is, a wedding should always have no less than two photographers.  Moments have and will be lost if you are only bringing one photographer to the big day.  Primary and secondary photographers are not necessarily subservient to each other; they are a team with the goal of capturing all of the moments while documenting the day for the couple to share with their children and grandchildren.

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