- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
@mellyrose: Valid points, however, the insinuation that an equipment failure for a single photographer would equal loss of coverage is false. Any professional, whether single or tandem shooters, should have more than ample backup equipment and it is more than easy for a shooter to get the first dance and those watching.
“The main focus for a single photographer is the couple and almost solely the couple.”
This is false
“With a second photographer you get reaction shots from parents, friends, and family. Who doesn’t love remembering a father or mother crying over a first dance?”
This is also false. A single photographer can get that as well. Quite easily, too.
“having two photographers is like an insurance policy. Though uncommon, if for some reason there is equipment failure, someone gets in the way of an important shot, or any number of “hazards” that can occur at an event, there is another person to capture that moment.”
False. A single photographer, and tandem shooters, should have more than ample backup equipment. Also, if someone jumps in front of the person shooting, and the tandem is off photographing DIFFERENT things or people which is supposedly the advantage, the moment is still lost.
In some situations, it can definitely be a plus to have a 2nd shooter. However, the way you have worded your answer on your website promotes false information. Everything you mention, from the single photographer being focused only on the couple to loss of images of emotions and equipment hazards is false.
The one sentence that DOES make sense, is “In addition to two different vantage points, with us being two primary photographers, you get two distinct styles of photography that complement each other.”
Yes, THAT is an advantage of two photographers. Vantage points and styles. However, one photographer is more than capable of getting different vantage points and parts of the story as well.
If for you, the tandem shooting workers better then speak to how it benefits you as a photographer and team and then your client. But, I would advise you and thank you to not make broad generalizations that lead to even more false beliefs about parts of our industry.