(Closed) Do I NEED 2 photographers on the day?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Do I need 2 Photographers
    Yes : (21 votes)
    38 %
    No : (22 votes)
    40 %
    Maybe (see below) : (12 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 17
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    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Yes – two photographers captures variou angles/expressions/looks that 1 photographer would not be able to.

    Bride & groom each getting ready at their respective locations, bride coming down the aisle and the grooms face as she is doing so (to name a few).

    Post # 18
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    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Rarely Do you need two. My big caution is to make sure you are really getting two photographers. Very often it’s one good photographer and whoever they found on Craigslist. Make sure you are getting a real two photographer combo. The second photographer shouldn’t be an assistant they are training or some photographer who is just starting their business who is shootng for free or next to nothing. I heavily researched photographers before I booked mine and really questioned ” 2 photographer” Teams. Only 1/10 really turned out to be two actual capable and talented photographers. They started at $6500.00. If you are getting two photograohers for $2000.00 that just one photographer and any warm body with a camera. Id much rather book one really talented photographer for longer and have everything shot properly. My photographer has been shooting for 10 years solo and I’ve not been able to find one single person with a regret. Two photographers is the new thing everyone thinks they need. Maybe you do, but make sure you are really getting two photographers! 

    Post # 19
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    621 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MsGinkgo:  For 75 guests, one skilled photographer will do a perfectly great job with your wedding. Often two photographers work as a unit to deliver around the same coverage that one photographer who hustles delivers on their own. I know this to be true because I’ve shot numerous weddings solo and with a partner. During a ceremony where I have a second shooter I just don’t move around as much because I try not to be intrusive and two photographers circling a ceremony can be distracting. But when it’s just me I just hustle and I’ve never had a complaint in over 150+ weddings I’ve shot solo. The only time I recommend a second shooter for my couples is when they have a large guest list (150-200+ people) or they have really complicated timeline where people are getting ready across town from each other or there are a number of venues, things like that. Even with that I suggest bringing on a second shooter for just a portion of the day – with 75 guests there is literally no reason to have two shooters firing away at the reception all night if you’ve hired a competent solo shooter. 

     

     

     

    To reiterate in general, for everyone:

     

     

     

    A competent solo shooter will perform as well as a two shooter team in almost all circumstances, and will be competent enough to suggest a second shooter if they think the logistics of your wedding day call for it. I don’t need a second shooter to go shoot with the guys, I just hop over to where they are getting ready and do it myself. I don’t need a second shooter to get the groom’s face while I get the bride’s face during the ceremony – I just plant myself in a position during the processional where I can easily shoot the bride and her dad, drop one camera, turn, and shoot the groom’s face. It’s very simple. At smaller receptions with two photographers I struggle to find something to do with my time honestly.

     

     

     

    Two photographer teams were never the standard before the economy crashed a few years ago and a lot of significant others started picking up a camera (this isn’t the case for all of them but it is for MANY). This trend perpetuated itself as couples started to think “oh my gosh if i don’t have two photographers half my memories will be missed!” and new photographers entering the industry post-2008 looked around and saw that all of the “rockstar” photographers (i.e. photographers who sell books and photoshop actions to newbies instead of actually shooting) were married couples using their “lifestyle” and relationship as selling points in their business and figured they better offer a second shooter as a standard to be competitive. You might be able to tell that I have some bitterness about this, but it’s because I get aggravated when I see people in the wedding industry (in any field) selling couples on things they don’t actually need, or reigning you in based on ridiculous things like how cute their shoes and dogs are instead of how well they do their job. End rant. 🙂

     

    @MsYankee:  One photographer can get both of those shots. I do it every weekend. 🙂

     

    Post # 20
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    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m having 2 because 2.  My photographer friend will be ther to shoot in the bridal suit me getting dressed and bridesmaids pics, while the other photographer will be with the men getting those before shots 🙂

    I am having 200 people so I will need 2 for the remainder of the wedding

    Post # 21
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    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re having two but only because they’re a husband and wife team and come together as a package, i’m excited to get getting ready shots of both of us separately and hopefully get a few shots we wouldn’t have gotten with just one photog. If you do choose to get two, make sure they can work together well, you wouldn’t want them stepping on each others toes.

    We would have just gone with one if it wasn’t for our photogs being a team so if it’s not in the budget i wouldn’t stress on it.

    Post # 23
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    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1217781

    and just an aside, this is how many photographers are finding their second photographers. Like a week before your wedding. And these are the better ones. Not the free or Craigslist ones

    Post # 24
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    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    my photographer actually owns his full time business with 9 photographers on staff and so the 2nd photog is a full time employee.  They’ve been in business for 35 years. Just wanted to add that because I think you need to do your research and be aware of who you are hiring.  Personally I’m comfortable though that my 2nd photog will be just as good as the 1st

    Post # 25
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    2 photographers are nice, but not necessary. We’re going with a husband/wife team but they were super cheap and mega talented so we couldn’t pass up the deal. If it was going to cost me more than I budgeted, I wouldn’t have gone with 2. 

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