Post # 1
I’ve been looking around and pricing photographers. My sister has connections with a professional photographer (one of her friends) that is willing to do our wedding at a discount. I love her work, but it is just her. There is another photographer that has an assistant so they take twice the photos. I’d say both options have similar quality photos. I love both of their portfolios.
My sister’s friend would do it at about 40% of what the other photographer charges, so less than half.
I’m wondering if any of you chose to use two photographers instead of one and if it was worth the extra money or not (or vice versa).
Post # 3
Depends on the logistics of your wedding.
the boys and girls are getting ready at 2 locations that are just over 30 minutes apart. Of we wanted pre ceremony photos of getting ready for both of us, we needed to photographers.
Post # 4
We’re having two shooters, a married couple, and I’m really excited about them. I just feel like 2 is pretty much always better than one. 😛
Can you ask your sister’s friend if she has someone she could work with as a second shooter? There are some photographers who work either way. So you might be able to still save some money but still have two shooters.
Post # 5
Depends on the guest list and the schedule for the day. If you’re having a big wedding, you probably want more photographers to capture more of the guests. My guest list is 80 people, and I have been told multiple times that 1 photographer would be perfectly fine for that size. Also, number of locations will matter. If the ceremony and reception are in separate locations, two photographers can cover more ground between both venues. If you’re in the same place for the whole day, you don’t need to worry about that as much.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
Depending on your budget I would go with the one photographer – two photographers is an emerging trend, but realistically you’re going to catch everything important with one photographer!
I’d save the money personally…and plus it’s your sisters friend, she’ll likely work EXTRA hard 🙂
Post # 7
Well let’s clarify. Would I hire two photographers that did not work together to get twice the photo’s? No, they get in each other’s way’s and they probably wouldn’t even work that way.
Would I hire a photographer that works with a second shooter? Yes 100%. Of course, I didn’t have anyone offer to do photography for me at half the regular price, which may have changed my mind. But I knew I wanted a second shooter. That’s the person that gets all the extras and candids, and assists the full time photographer with lighting, placement, holding reflecting cloth or whatever those are, etc… Thinking back to how much our second shooter did to assist in the bright light of the day that we had, I don’t know how any of the photogs that I talked to that don’t have a SS, would have accomplished what mine did.
Post # 8
I think it really depends on the size of your event as well as the logistics. If you are only having 60 people and one location, one photographer is probably plenty. If you have 250 guests and/or are moving from one place to another for ceremony, photos, and reception, it’ll be beneficial to have two.
The photographer we chose always shoots with a second photographer, and we’re having a fairly large wedding (~225), so I’m glad we’ll have the extra help.
Post # 9
@thenewmrsmax: The reception and cermony are both at the same place. There are separate groom and bride rooms though.
@MsJ2theZ: Thank you, this is very good advice. I didn’t even think about all the prep work the assistant does. Now that I think about it, at my brother’s wedding the second guy was running around like a mad man with the lighting and prep work for the photos. He also got all the grooms men getting ready and the details.
I know that for some people the photos are the most important part of their wedding. I’m not sure how important they are to me. But I don’t want to find out too late that I wish I would have spent more for two photographers. I also don’t want to feel like I wasted money. Haha, clearly I’m a bit torn.
We’ll probably have between 100 and 150 guests. Depending on how many can make it. I’m still 8 months out so I don’t have a head count yet.
Post # 10
I agree with the size of the event/logistics. Also, take a look at an entire portfolio of a photographer and check to see if you think they caught the entire wedding well and did not leave out any elements. I had 1 photographer and she had a non-shooting assistant. For our size wedding, it was fine. Could we have gotten more pictures with two? Definately. But one photographer is always going to be an apprentice to another, otherwise you’d be paying them twice the rate or they’d be doing their own weddings.
Post # 11
@MechEBee: It isn’t so much twice the photos as twice the angles, two chances to get that special moment, and two approaches to documenting your day. I highly recommend two shooters.
Post # 12
@MechEBee: Yeah you definitely have to decide how important photograpy are to you. For me, they were high on my list. You don’t get to re live that day, and when you are a bride you see a lot less than you do as a guest or even a bridesmaid. You’re too busy greeting and hosting and getting married to notice the little things, and REALLY take note of how everything came together and the good time people are having.
At the end of the day your photo’s are all you have left to look back on.
Post # 13
Our budget only allowed us to go with 1 photographer for 4 hours. I don’t regret having only 1 photographer, but I do regret how much time we got her for. It would have been a lot better to have had her for at least an extra hour or two.
Post # 14
I think your best bet is to meet with your sister’s friend and the other potential photographers in person and discuss your concerns about 1 shooter vs 2, and anything else that seems relevant, before committing to anything. I think meeting with your photographer in person before hiring is super important, if someone’s going to be around all day on your wedding day, you should like their personalities, not just their work.
Post # 15
We are having two – approximately 125 guests. When I was searching for photographers, I was not intending on two, but when we met with our photographer, she talked about how two photographers work, I was sold.
Post # 16
I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I have a package with 2 photographers and wouldn’t have it any other way. They are generally shooting with different lenses so you geta better variety of photos. Also, 1 person can’t be everywhere at once. 2 shooters will definitely help cature more details