Post # 1
I narrowed my photographer choice down to two choices. One I absolutely love but he works by himself. My other choice brings an assistant so there would be two shooters.
I have always thought it would be essential to have two cameras capturing my wedding day from two angles, but now that I like the vision of the single shooter, I am really really torn! Do I choose style over variety?
What’s your take on how important it is to have two photographers? (Most of the photography studios I received quotes from have two shooters, involving either an assistant, a spouse, or a colleague. It almost looks to be the norm these days, but I wonder if you truly get great pictures from the second person…)
Post # 3
Is there no way that your preferred photographer can bring someone with them?
In My Humble Opinion from what I have seen and experienced it is better to have two. You get two different points of view as well as more coverage of all the details and action. Our photographer will be bringing a second person as well.
Post # 4
I would go with style over variety. Although I would prefer my style WITH variety as well! I have heard that many assistants don’t give the quality shots that the main photog would anyways
Post # 5
I had 2 photographers for my first wedding and I will have 2 for my second…I can’t imagine it any other way, they’re able to do so much more, capture so many moments that one alone can’t. BUT saying that, if you truly like the other, that’s who I’d go with. Just look at what they offer, what you get, which one ‘gets’ you the best…and go with your gut.
Post # 6
How big is your wedding? Most photographers that I’ve talked to have only advocated a second shooter if you have a larger wedding. For my 80 person wedding all have said that one shooter is enough.
Post # 7
I think it really depends on the size of your wedding (guests) and if your ceremony site has any tough restrictions. We decided to go with two photographers because of the strict restrictions our ceremony site has in place. If it weren’t for that restriction then we would have decided on just one photographer. The good thing about having two rather than one is that you can have pictures of different angles which will give you more pictures to choose from at the end. However, I think I would pick style over variety but that’s just me 🙂
Post # 8
We only had 60ish people at our wedding, and we had two photographers. I think that it turned out really well! Basically, the main photographer focused on me and my husband for the day, and the second photographer got a lot of candids of everything else…nothing was missed! Loved it!
Post # 9
I am having 2 photographers for a 15 guest wedding, I am kinda stoked to see how it goes.
Post # 10
You don’t need two photographers, if your photographer knows what they are doing, and it sounds like this photographer is seasoned at doing it alone. I wouldn’t worry. The teams of 2 have always been around, but were more rare until recently. Honestly I think a lot of these new photographers like the insurance policy of having a second set of images to count on. It never used to be included, it was a paid adder….but then what if the couple didn’t want to pay for it? (the photogapher is screwed).
Post # 11
I am having two, mainly I wanted shots of me walking down the aisle from the front and the back, and to get really good shots of both of our reactions….
Post # 12
Hmm…thanks everyone for the comments! It is going to be a smallish wedding, with 50-85 guests. I did read that the photography team thing is a recent year “development”, probably because of people like me 😛 who want more than one angle. For example if the photographer is capturing me getting ready, he may be missing shots of the boys. I guess I’ll need to decide if I can forego those shots for better photos from one perspective :
P. S. He did say he finds that he works best when he works alone so he’s not open to the idea of having a second shooter.
Post # 13
My wife and I have been shooting weddings for 34 years. She has always worked with her sister and I always alone. It all depends upon how dedicated the photographer is to capture all elements of the wedding. I have never had a problem being able to capture the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids and the groom with his groomsmen. With a wedding as small as yours, 1 photographer would be enough.
Usually a second shooter is in training so that he/she may emulate the style of the studio as it expands into handling more than one wedding per day. You’ll find that a good wedding photographer is also a suttle guide that helps with the “what to do next” questions.
In 2008, we decided to start working as a team since the volume of weddings dropped considerably because of the recession. Now we are having more fun mixing both our styles and with the brides/grooms we work with. Many studios across the country are following suite by bringing a second photographer instead of letting them go.
One thing to keep in mind. Does your photographer have a backup photographer in case of transportation problems (ie. car problems, accidents, sickness)?