(Closed) 2nd photographer cancelled-what should I do?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you should be fine with just one however I do believe that there should be a discount if your contract states there will be two photographers.

Post # 4
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One shooter should be fine.  100 isn’t a ginormous wedding really.  I think you should get at least a couple hundred off your total cost, though, if your contract stated 2 shooters.

Post # 6
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve done up to 250 by myself before. 100 is actually “small” for 1 shooter. One is totally fine, however, if it’s in contract there should be some sort of compensation. Perhaps ask for an album upgrade or an added print credit… 

Post # 7
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that one photographer would be fine.  We actually didn’t get a lot of good shots from the second shooter at our wedding so I don’t know if it was really worth it.

Post # 8
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes, a discount should be offered!  We had 120 guests & 1 experienced photog.  If you are nervous, see if anyone else is an amateur or pro photog at your wedding. (We rec’d pro-quality photos and an album from my hubs’ friend who we didn’t know did weddings!)  Or hire someone off of Craigslist -it’s your second photog, & you’ll get a deal.  Our video was from CL and did a nice job -he wasn’t Scorcese, but we got an INCREDIBLE deal and it suited our needs.

Post # 9
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you hate confrontation, you can email the photographer and ask them if they would prefer to find another second shooter, or give you a discount on the wedding.  I can understand the second shooter’s not being able to attend the wedding (our venue’s wedding coordinator needed to cancel due to a family emergency, but the venue found another coordinator who was also quite good).  If your wedding is in or near a large or midsize city, your photographer should be able to find a backup second shooter fairly easily. 

Post # 10
9 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

@professorbee:  Be careful about this.  The second-string second shooter may not be up to par with the original second shooter.  I would ask for samples of the new second shooter’s work if I were planning to pursue this route.

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