(Closed) I think I have lost my mind…I hired two photographers

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes for so many reasons. More than likely both have in contract that they are to be the only hired photographer and instead of getting “more” pictures you’re going to have 2 feuding photographers! Bottom line, cut the retainer as a loss and fire one. While I would do my best to maintain professionalism, I can’t even begin to describe the frustration, anger, and even hurt that you hired another one because I wasn’t trusted enough… 

Photographers and videographers have enough pain trying to work together… another photographer is just…. not smart. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Are they going to work well together?  I am not sure this is super wise.  Make sure you let them know in advance that 2 people will be shooting.

Post # 6
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i agree with KLP2010 You have to make sure that it is ok with both photographers that you are going to have someone else there too taking pics. they may get offended so you need to be careful!

Post # 7
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

@blondilocks:  Well, I would have just gone w/ 1 photographer and assistant (assuming it prob would save money) but it seems as though you have covered you bases by letting them know.

Post # 9
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1391 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, one photog and his assitant would probably be enough. I guess if it isn’t a big chunk of change go with it, but you might be able to put that money to better use elsewhere!

Post # 10
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1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would think the first photographer and his assistant would probably get everything you needed. With three who all have a specific shot to look for it seems like there would be a lot of down time for each which = wasted money (at least in my head). I’m sure if you told the first photographer that you wanted to make sure he got candid shots between him and his assistant they would get you what you want.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

How big is your wedding? What is the setting? I don’t know, it’s kind of overkill, but if they’re both okay with it, and you can afford it, it’s like having photography insurance and maybe that’s not a bad thing. 🙂  I say this because I’m slightly disappointed by my pro photos (and she did come with a second shooter/assistant), and I wish I had paid a bit more and gone with someone else myself.

Post # 12
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree this is a bad idea. Without a clear primary photographer, even with some degree of coordination like what you described, you are going to have photographers fighting over positioning during your event. It’s one thing to hire a photographer and a second shooter, and even a third shooter, because everyone knows where they stand and stay out of each other’s way, but with two entirely different companies, you’re going to be in trouble I think. If you had hired me as one of your photographers you would also be in breach of my contract which says I’m to be the only professional photographer hired for the event, and I would probably cancel the wedding without return of the deposit.

If you MUST keep them both, I would pick the one you like better and tell that person they are the primary photographer for the event and then contact the other photographer and expressly tell him or her they are the secondary photographer. We need heirarchy! 🙂

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