Why you need a second shooter (when things go wrong!)
On the second of December I learned just how important it is to have a second shooter. While shooting a wedding and in the middle of capturing the groom and his groomsmen getting ready at an old cabin two hours drive from the nearest hospital I fell from an elevated deck one metre off the ground and broke my wrist.
At the time, I laughed it off as best I could and continued to do the job I was paid to do, which was to capture the couples biggest day of lives, their wedding day.
Unfortunately everytime I lifted up my D850 with my 70-200 lens on it I was in extreme agony! I was able to continue to shoot the wedding but I would be lying to say I was doing it to the best of my ability with one hand down. Thankfully for me and my photography business I insist on shooting every wedding with a second shooter so my wife and second shooter Carrie was there to assist.
This experience got me thinking, what if I had fallen off and hurt myself to an extent that I would not be able to continue to capture the couples wedding, luckily in my case I had a second shooter who could not only take over the role of primary shooter but capture the wedding to a high standard confidently. The couple knew no different and we captured their entire day from start to finish.
Photographers need to be prepared for every scenario, and I’m not just talking about having a few extra SD cards and a spare camera, I am talking about preparing for the worst case scenario whether that be breaking your wrist or something worse. As professionals I feel we have a responsibility to deliver what we promise to our clients, dig deep and get the job done but in a scenario that you simply cant you need to have a plan
I wanted to write this to let other photographers know that sometimes everything that could go wrong will go wrong and you need to prepare for this, you can back up your files all you like but you have to remember to back yourself up too!