I am sometimes asked “If we just have you, or your partner, can it be cheaper?”. I understand the need to keep costs down when organising your own wedding where every optional extra just adds to the expense however, I also have to say, “nooooooo” with a pained expression on my face, and here’s the reason why, which I shall illustrate with examples of both my work and Dr Gordon Smith Baxter’s, shot at the recent wedding of the lovely Megan and Chris.
Put quite simply, a photographer can’t be in two places at once so to capture more emotion, more moments, more love, two is better than one.
Whilst Gordon is up front capturing the first kiss as a married couple, I’m at the back capturing Megan & Chris’ son playing with his toy car. Who would want to miss either of these magic moments?
Whilst Gordon, balancing precariously aloft the top of the boat, spots a guest wearing the brides veil, I capture Megan’s priceless reaction. There is no chance one photographer could have got both spontaneous, split second moments in the same instant.
Two photographers working in synergy don’t just shoot the same thing twice. Shooting in distinctly different ways, put together on album pages, photographs compliment each other when telling the story of your wedding.
Whilst Gordon prefers to shoot the confetti shot on his zoom from standing, I get down low and shoot with a wide angle resulting in two very different perspectives.
Again during the speeches I find myself on the floor, whilst Gordon stands on a bench (I hate heights!). Working with another photographer sparks creativity in both, because we are drawn to different things within the scene we often surprise one other when we share what we’ve captured later.
But we are both looking for the light and beauty.
One of the compliments we hear often when working together, is that we are so relaxed and unintrusive. Inside I’m far from relaxed, running high on adrenaline, but I’m happy that I at least appear calm.
Gordon has a lot of fun with the group shots, whilst I often shoot reportage.
On Megan & Chris’ big day, Gordon covered the boys early morning golf, whiskey and cigars session, whilst I covered the bridal preps.
We are both looking to capture friendship and family relationships.
In the evening, I wanted to show off the vibrant energy and colour in the bar, whilst Gordon, having toured with Lionel Richie as a drummer, is drawn to the musicians, capturing them in gritty, black and white, wild mosh pit style. I think both shooting styles reflect the energy and fun of the evening celebrations.
Whilst I am drawn to the hugs, Gordon is drawn to the wine.
I tend to like to get in close, whilst Gordon prefers to shoot figures in the landscape.
Gordon prefers symmetry whilst I often shoot “on the wonk” or prefer to compose with negative space to one side.
Whilst my photography may have been influenced by Elliot Erwitt, Gordon tells me he’s been influenced by East Coast American photographers
With two photographers, when the weather is roasting, one can hunt for water. Whilst one sets up an elaborate lighting scenario (usually Gordon), another can keep shooting the goings on. And if your caterers don’t show up, we can always call for Pizza – true story.
On a personal note, I love to shoot alongside Gordon as we spark off one another, constantly inspiring and challenging one another. In the words of Jack Johnson, we are “Better Together”. Not being the day job, we choose a small number of weddings we want to shoot each year, for pleasure, to capture memories that will be passed on to future generations and share in the adventure together.
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