Trey Hill Photographs

Kasey, Patrick and the value of a second photographer

Posted in brides, wedding by Trey on September 7, 2008

vernon gets low.

a few weeks ago i did a wedding up in Denton at Denton Bible Church with the incomparable Vernon Bryant. as i was considering how to take 500 images and make a story that was digestable on the blog, it occured to me that there were a few things i’d taken for granted about having that second perspecitve at a wedding.

before i dive into what i mean by that, you can see all of Kasey & Patrick’s images here.

Adam & Stephanie’s wedding was my first solo assignment; and while i couldn’t be more pleased with how well the images came out, it was incredibly tough – both on the day and as i was editing. maybe that experiece shed some light on this one, but, whatever it is, here are three lessons i re-learned while editing Kasey & Patrick’s wedding.

1. like a big budget action sequence, you only get one take

photo by Vernon Bryant

when that bride starts down the isle or the groom pulls her in close for the kiss, you can’t say, “okay, do that again so i can grab it from a second angle.” there’s a reason filmmakers move the camera and get a scene from three or four angles, visual storytelling demands variety. and while a single photographer can alter focal length and angle, there’s nothing like having the big moments from two very unique perspectives, especially when you start editing.

the above image is awesome, vernon’s lens choice really helps nail the drama of a bridal entrance. but this is a scene with multiple characters. if all we had was vernon’s shot, you really wouldn’t have a sense of story. having vernon in the narthex allowed me to show the scene from the groom’s point of view.

without a second photographer, you’re only getting half the story.

2. the in between moments

photo by Vernon Bryant

who doesn’t love that small space of time between the ceremony and the reception where some overly sweaty guy runs around trying to wrangle second cousins and cranky flower girls for a big group portrait. oh, wait, no one loves that.

but it’s a necessary component of almost every wedding – especially for mothers.

while my brain is consumed with making sure everyone can see the lens and keeps their eyes open, i’m not typically free to see those priceless little bits emotion between moments. a second photographer is.

3. killer ideas

i went outside to get a lay of where the exit would happen and found the groomsmen in the middle of shoe polishing the getaway car. when vernon came out and saw what was going on, he came up with this idea. and it was a spectacular idea that i probably wouldn’t have thought of.

he grabbed my flash and i jumped into the backseat; it ended up being one of my favorite images from the day.

if you’re a bride and you’re on the fence between one photographer or two, please trust me, there is a tremendous amount of value in having that second set of eyes seeing your story unfold.

oh, and if i can brag on Vernon just a little bit more, check out this image that he got while i was busy getting the image of him at the top of the post. talk about a guy who just sees well.


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  1. norma garza said, on October 4, 2008 at 10:36 am

    i go to dbc and i’m lovin these pics

  2. Trey said, on October 4, 2008 at 10:44 am

    thanks for saying so Norma. DBC is where i met my wife when we were in college.

  3. amberliz3 said, on October 13, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    omg – I just saw this pic of them waiting for the formal photos for the first time – I WANT ONE!!!!

  4. Allison Smith said, on October 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Vernon !!!

  5. Trey said, on October 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    vb is a spectacular human being.

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