Why Choose an Associate Wedding Photographer

Why hire associate photographer


Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions when planning your wedding day. After everything is said and done, your photography is the only thing you will walk away with from your wedding. I have no doubt the thought of a choosing an associate shooter can cause mixed feelings – it’s a fairly new concept in our area. But we want to explain the process to you a little bit further and give you a handful of great reasons why an associate shooter is a great choice for your wedding!

Before we get into all the reasons choosing an associate photographer is a smart choice, we want to explain to you exactly what an associate shooter at our company is. Many times when you hear the word “associate” or even “second” shooter, instantly you probably think of an assistant, someone who is less experienced, and someone who doesn’t have the ability or experience to shoot a wedding as the primary shooter. At Vaughn Barry Photography, that just isn’t the case. Each of our associates have years of experience as the lead shooter in their own photography businesses. But for various reasons, whether it is to focus on their family, they don’t love all the things that go into running a business, or they just wanted to be part of a team, each of them have joined VBP – KinMor Studios and we are so excited to have them. With the large number of inquiries I receive each year, the reality is that I just can’t physically shoot that many weddings and provide an amazing quality experience. By adding great associate photographers to our team, we’re now be able to welcome even more VBP – KinMor Studios bride’s into our family.

So now let’s get to the reasons why an associate shooter is a great fit for you!


The reality of life is that many brides are on a wedding budget and have a certain amount allocated for their wedding photography. Often times that budget determines the level of photographer you’re able to hire. In traditional wedding markets, less budget typically equals less experienced vendors. But not with us. We have packages for nearly every wedding budget and you still get to take advantage of all the years and years of experience, planning, resources, organization and training that comes with an experienced photographer. You get access to all of Vaughn Barry Photography’s session prep information, and everything that I provide to my own brides that has been the cornerstone of my business. You are also working with photographers who have been shooting for years and who are constantly going through training and mentoring with Vaughn to become better and better all the time.


You get more than just one person watching out for you. You get access to Vaughn and all of his client experience, consistent communication, and of course you will be getting oodles of personal attention from your Associate Photographer. With a team set-up, you have multiple people making sure that your experience is amazing and that your wedding photography is just what you dream it will be.


When you hire an Associate Photographer with our team, you are gaining access to years and years of experience.  Every wedding day fiasco, every complicated family situation, every unique and special situation, we have seen it all. So instead of hiring a photographer who is “just figuring things out” you are able to have access to professionals who have been there, done that. We are constantly in contact with each other, sharing ideas and experiences, so with any situation that may come up we can handle it.


Each bride that works with our company gets access to the entire VBP – KinMor Studios bride experience. From session prep, vendor suggestions, timeline help, and boat loads of other information you need. We are grateful that of all the choices out there that you have chosen us and we want you to have the best of everything we have to offer.


The reality of life is that many photographers dread the business side of things. They got into photography because they love the art of it love as well as interacting with clients.  Though our associates have all had experience in running their own businesses and done an amazing job at it, if they had to choose business over shooting, they would leap at the chance to just create stunning images. Which is where our team jumps in. Our office takes care of all the editing, album design, print orders and essential business aspects that make for a smooth and amazing experience. Your photographer can put their entire focus into being with you behind the camera.

Please let us know what questions you have. We’re here to help!

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