(Closed) Did you have 1 or 2 photographers?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

We have hired one "photographer" but there will be 2 shooters (husband and wife).  I think for the amount of guests you expect, 2 shooters would be preferred.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just one for us, but we anticipate about 125 guests.  It would have been nice to have another, but it wasn’t in our budget and my photographer can certainly handle it, so we decided against a second shooter.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We are having 1 (his wife is coming to help out) but we are only having around 100 people.

I think you should go for 2. There will be so much going on and I think they will be able to capture more.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

It also depends on the photographer.  The second shooter doesn’t get the "main" shots, but mainly the surroundings, areas where the main can’t get to.  Remember that there is so much going on in a wedding that one photographer just can’t be everywhere at once. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We also hired one photographer but she will be bringing her assistant as a second shooter and we have over 200 guests. Having the second person was a part of the package that we purchased so I did not incur extra costs for this.

My Boyfriend or Best Friend just got married 2 weeks ago and she had one main shooter with 2 others assisting. They were able to capture other parts of the wedding while the main shooter was dedicated to the main details of the wedding.

I think if you have a large wedding, 2 shooters may be best.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are having two.  For this reason: I want a photo of my face when I see him at the end of the aisle, and I want a photo of his face when he sees me at the other end.  You can’t get that with one photographer.  Also, we can get pics of the girls AND the guys getting ready.  We are, however, having the photographers leave after the traditional things at the reception, b/c it gets boring after that.  So the money we saved by cutting down the number of hours, we would have used to get the 2nd photographer (ours always works with a 2nd shooter, so we ended up not having to make that negotiation, but it’s an option).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re having one, it’s basically all we need. However, I love the idea of the team of photographers — for instance, a friend has wonderful shots from a mother-daughter team where the mom did color, traditional photography and the daughter did photojournalistic shots in black and white. It was amazing.

If you consider two photographers, look for a team — as has been suggested — to work together, not duplicate work. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m not married yet, but our photo package includes two photographers and I like that idea because then they can capture both Fiance and I getting ready.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’ll have two photographers (a husband-wife team) and our wedding is only going to be about 60 people.  We chose to go with two because we want a lot of pictures and we want to make sure nothing was missed.  We’ll be getting ready and taking pictures separately before the ceremony, and then after the ceremony one of the photographers will stay with us to take pictures on the beach while the other one is getting detail shots and pictures of the guests during the cocktail hour (a whole group of guests will be riding their bikes to the reception, so that should turn out some great photos!).  It’s a personal choice, but photography was super important to me.  I really wanted two photographers and I really wanted them to be good at what they do.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We have a photographer and his assistant. We have over 200 guests, so it will be helpful.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Both of the photographers that I’m looking at have a second shooter included, but we’re having such a small guest list {75 at the most}, I’m hoping to negotiate him/her out of the package and something else in. 🙂 Wish me luck! What I would really like is one photographer and somebody to do an 8mm film, which my first choice photographer does. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We had two, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. That way all moments could be captured simultaneously. For example, the girls and guys both were getting ready at the same time (but different locations, obviously)…so it allowed the photog duo to split up, and capture pictures from both locations. It also provided varying angles of other special moments (ceremony, cake cutting, dancing, etc.)

2 heads are always better than one! It makes for more creative and unique pictures! 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are having two photographers because I wanted to be able to see the look on my Fiance face when I walk down the aisle- one photographer will be taking pictures of his expression while the other will be focused on me walking down the aisle.  Although we are having a videographer, we still wanted to capture this special moment.

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