One photographer or two? Advice please :-)

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How many photographers were at your wedding
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  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
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    Sugar bee

    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
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    Busy bee
    • 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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    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 # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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

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