Wedding Photography as a Second Shooter {Asheville Wedding Photographer}



Occasionally, I have the opportunity to act as a second shooter for a wedding. Truth be told, it is one of my favorite jobs and I’ve been asked to shoot for a handful of weddings this past summer in this capacity. It is a great way to shoot for local brides without the full-time job as “wedding photographer”. For those of you that know me and my business model, you know that for 2014 I held off on booking very many full weddings as a primary shooter because I have (with three other partners) launched another business here in town (Blue Kudzu Sake Company) and it takes quite a bit of my time and energy. I wanted to be sure that I could give my business and each of my clients the level of service that I have set as a requirement without being too overwhelmed. At any rate, I am always grateful when I get a call from another photographer in town to shoot with them.  “Thank you Ryan! Always a blast to shoot with you!”

I do plan to be booking more of my own weddings for 2015 and have several booked already however, if you are just beginning the search for your wedding photographer here in Asheville and the surrounding areas, please do get in touch as dates are filling up quickly. You can reach me directly at or call 828.275.9932

Primary Wedding Photographer: Ryan Bumgarner

Second Wedding Photographer: Cat Ford-Coates

Locations: UNCA Botanical Gardens, St Lawrence Basillica Catholic Church, Crest Center Pavilion

Wedding Cake: Short Street Cakes

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Cat Ford-Coates’ wedding photography is often described as creative, timeless and sincere. As a wedding photographer, she is motivated, focused and has great attention to detail and loves enjoying her clients and their families on the most special of days. Are you in search of your Asheville wedding photographer? Reach out to Cat directly at or call 828.275.9932 to inquire about your wedding date today.

2015 Brides and Grooms:

  • Complimentary 11×14 Gallery Canvas
  • Complimentary Newborn Photography Session
  • All inclusive wedding photography packages are built with (but certainly not limited to) engagement sessions and second wedding photographers.



Brittney & Chris Engagement {Asheville Engagement and Wedding Photography}

If I said Brittney and Chris were just your everyday engaged couple, I would be lying. I’ve known them both for about 7 years now and watching how they both have grown as humans truly makes my heart smile. When Brittney called me a few weeks ago about scheduling engagement pictures, I went through the roof! I know she wanted the “Happy couple” pictures, outdoors so we definitely scheduled that and then I knew that they needed some intimate couple’s moments as well. Moody, loving, terrific! So, I also had them come in studio for some sexy and fun portraits as well. We did both shoots the same day and I couldn’t be happier about how they turned out! In fact, I’m a little proud. I had done a boudoir shoot for Brittney last fall…they do say one leads to another.  Haha!

As a photographer, I am privy to many instances that most people aren’t. I get to share in moments with them that they might normally share between just one another. Sure, we stage a few but when two people are this close, and this happy, that light shines and it is my job to capture it.

XoXo to you both! I couldn’t be happier for you!


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Are you getting married in 2014? Let’s get those engagement sessions and wedding dates on the books! 2014 dates are filling up quickly through October.  I’d love to shoot for you!

Booking Inquiries: 828-275-9932