(Closed) 2nd Photographer or a videographer?!?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should we get a second photographer, a videographer or just stay with one photographer?
    Get a second photographer! : (24 votes)
    31 %
    Get a videographer! : (46 votes)
    60 %
    Stay with one photographer! : (7 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Jenofdnile:  I would do the videographer! Actually that is what I am doing lol, one photo and one video and I think it will be plently to cover the 3 BM/GMs and about 75 to 100 guests 

    Post # 4
    1474 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

    I’d definitely get a 2nd photographer! But photography was our #1 priority (aside from getting married, of course), and having two photographers there meant that every moment of our day was captured beautifully. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 5
    29 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m having a small wedding (about 80 people) and I opted for 2 photographers.  I thought  am I ever going to really sit down and watch the video very often?  Fiance definitely isn’t.   Our wedding isn’t going to be super long, but I thought just one photographer might be rushed getting all the detail shots I want AND while we’re getting ready and so forth.


    But it is really up to you!  If you are going to watch the video a lot go for it!

    Post # 6
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    hands down i would go for the videographer. i didn’t even have a pro video done – my friend took a decent video of our ceremony –  and i love it more than all our pictures for the sentimental value of watching it.  some people will say you will never look at your video more than once, but so what?  even if you watch it again only in 20 years, i think it will be worth more to you then than the pictures at that point.

    Post # 8
    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it really depends on what you think is most important. IF capturing the moment on film so you can re-live on special occasion with your family.. I say go for the video!

    But if prefer having photos that you can look at frequently or share with others easily.. I say go for the photos.

    These days, videographers do these 5-7mins short films as well that are quicker, more movie trailer versions of your wedding day that you can easily share with others with a simple link or CD. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Personally, I have hired 2 photographers, but no videographer…so really it’s what you want ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 9
    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    You totally have to decide which is more important to you.  We loved having a second photographer because the one focused on doing more of the “main” photos that we wanted, and the other one got a lot of really awesome candids of everyone else because he wasn’t focused on following my husband and I around all night.  We didn’t have a videographer because we figured that we would display photos around our house, but we would probably watch the video twice and then it would collect dust on the shelf forever until the day comes where they replace DVDs with something else like they did tapes and we can’t watch it at all anymore lol.  Smile

    Post # 10
    9667 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    i think get a videographer ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 11
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think you really have to decide what is priority for you. For us we knew we needed both a photographer and videographer. We want to get video of the little details we know we won’t have time to capture or will forget after our big day. We also want our videographer to do some interviews with our guests so that should be good fun.

    Post # 12
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Get the videographer. In my opinion, I can’t imagine what the need would really be for a second photographer if you are clear in communication about what you want to your first photographer. Two photographers for a 100 person wedding seems excessive, but a videographer would be something different to capture the wedding in a different medium. 

    Post # 14
    6574 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    For me it would depend on the video. I personally only like cinematography, which is really not something you find with a traditional wedding videographer. If it was a traditional video, I’d probably pass and get the second photographer – I would find it a waste of money to pay for a video I wouldn’t like.

    Post # 15
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Those videos are so cool.  I decided to add a videographer to mine and I’m so glad I did!  I keep watching other couples videos and getting excited.  You may regret it if you don’t, but I doubt you’ll ever say “I wish we wouldn’t have spent the money on this wedding video!”

    Post # 16
    2488 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have not been able to find anyone who can do Videogarphey for me in our budet. so I almost even went with just a videographer and then would take still shots out of the video but I didn’t or some reasons- but I just have to say i’m stll on thehunt fora videoapher beacuse-well it is important.

    i’d rathr hear my vows and watch my first dance then have pictures tuke in an album.

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