Essex wedding Photographer

Why I always work with an assistant at weddings (Essex Wedding Photographer – Stéphanie Fairweather)

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is essential.

In the ‘Investment‘ section of my website you will find a word on the importance of hiring a professional photographer over a friend with a camera. Amongst the must have of insurance, experience & equipment maintenance, most professional wedding photographers will often work with an assistant.

I do – I wouldn’t do it any other way and these are all the reasons why:

Why I always work with an assistant at weddings:

  • She carries my equipment and moves it to the required spot when needed leaving me hands free with the one camera and also allows me to be a lot more mobile
  • She facilitates lens swaps giving me the chance to work much faster in between frames
  • She gathers guests for the group photos, hunts the missing one who disappeared to the toilet or the bar, prepares the next groups and reminds me of all the timings… phew!
  • She ensures I photograph all the must have images requested by the B&G
  • She helps me with my light tests
  • She has been known to step in as temporary babysitter or be on veil holding duty
  • Finally she keeps me company and more importantly keeps me hydrated throughout the day.

And this is why she is essential to the day.

The role of the wedding photographers assistant

Now one of the questions I am sometimes asked with prospective brides and grooms is if I work with a second shooter and my answer is that I have fine tuned my way of working at weddings and a trusty reliable assistant is all I need.

I believe that it is important to offer consistency in your images. A style might differ from mine but more importantly I find that one photographer is far less obtrusive than 2 floating around. It is easier to be discreet if you are alone and it is less interfering with guests. With regards to failing equipment and the advantage of another shooter with a spare camera, it is not needed for me as I have double/triple of everything.  I also supply in average a minimum of 600+ images so you’ll have plenty to go through 🙂 Finally it is cheaper for the bride and groom who do not incur any 2nd shooter fees.

I love my job and I choose my assistants carefully. I expect from them the same enthusiasm and professionalism as me.

It is your big day and I would be delighted to capture it.

 Stéphanie Fairweather – A lover of people & weddings

Call me on 07854 815 859

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Wedding packages start at £1,350 for a typical weekend & all day photography coverage. Bespoke packages also available on request.