(Closed) Do I need two photographers?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I honestly haven’t seen many differences in weddings with one versus two photographers. If anything, weddings with two photogs and a videographer end up being too “papparazi-ish”

Post # 5
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have two simply because it gives the main photographer more time to focus on us while the second shooter can focus on getting detail shots or anything else that the first one may miss. We’re only having 100 guests and just 2 people in the bridal party (plus us) so it’s not even a numbers thing for me. It was only a bit more expensive for the 2nd shooter for us. 

Post # 6
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i dont think you need two, but if you can afford and know that you have lots of details etc that you want pics of, i don’t think there is anything wrong with it. I only had one, but had a tiny wedding of 17 people!

However, i think it would be weird if you hired from two different companies – as i get the impression in your OP that’s what you are thinking – i think if you have two, one should be primary and the other a second shooter that works with the first. There may even be clauses in the contract about hiring other photographers.

Post # 7
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We decided on having two photographers because we were having 120 guests and because of our (strict) church restriction. We wanted to make sure we got the most pictures during the ceremony because to us, it’s the most important moment. After booking our photographer we decided to cut down on our guest list but we are still keeping the two photographers.

Reasons why:

– Our church has many restrictions when it comes to photography and where the photographers can be during the ceremony. We will be having one on the 2nd floor and the other the closest the church allows us.

– Although we have cut down the list, we want as much pictures as we can get. Having  2 photographers will capture moments from different angles and one photographer may capture something that the other won’t. Also, Fiance will have the 2nd photographer taking pictures of him and his groomsmen while they are getting ready and take pictures with his family. I will have the main photographer when I’m getting ready.

– Lastly, for the price…it was too good to pass on the option of having two photographers….at least for South Florida standards.


Post # 8
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Do YOU need two? Probably not. Does the photographer need two? Maybe.

I shoot with a second photographer (a professional not a student, assistant or camera holder) because it benefits me and my style of shooting. It keeps me relaxed and able to focus on moments and emotions around me.  I can, and sometimes do, photograph a wedding alone but I don’t prefer.

I know other very talented photographers that prefer to shoot alone. They find a second photographer to be a distraction. They work better when they’re in their own zone and don’t have to direct another person. Sometimes they’ve had problems finding a competent 2nd that won’t get in their way.

My advice is to base your decision on the work of the photographer your considering and not how many people they bring.  If there is a second photographer included make sure you know the level of experience. Unless they’re an employee of the main, you probably can’t find out who it is before you book. It’s common for us to hire 2nds only 2 months or less before the wedding. But you do want to know the level of experience the photographer hires. Are they someone who’s using your wedding as a learning or portfolio building experience, potentially getting in the photographer’s way? Or are they an experienced pro that your photographer has worked with and will help them perform their job better?

If a photographer offers you the option to add on a 2nd and you’re unsure, ask for their opinion.  Your timeline and the logistics of your day will have an impact on whether 1 or 2 is better. Msfuturea makes a good point about restrictions on movements in churches.  If they mention an assistant, clarify what that person does.  An assistant typically doesn’t shoot and is there to carry and guard gear, fetch stuff, help with lighting or organizing portraits.

Hope this helps.

Post # 9
23599 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our photographer actually ended up bringing a second shooter with her, no extra charge. We just ended up throwing in an extra tip for her! It’s definitely nice to have different perspectives of the shots taken, since one person can’t be in two places at once, but its not necessary. If you do go with two photographers, I would make sure that the photographer you choose knows and trusts the person. You don’t want two photogs stepping on each others toes and disagreeing on things!

Post # 10
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our very close friend was our photographer (he is a professional wedding photographer). We wanted to hire his assitant to be a second shooter, but he told us he usually only uses 2 maybe 3 of his photos in the end. We ended up hiring the assistant anyway mainly for the getting ready shots. So 1 photographer was with the guys and 1 was with us. Yes, in the end we got like 4 shots from the assistant. The assistant usually stood to the side or went above to get a different angle. So the shots we did get from him were the over head shots and the guys getting ready.

Post # 11
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m having two, one i’m paying for and the other she’s bringing along as her apprentince. (free) I’m most excited to be able to get my face walking down the isle, and his first look shot, and not have the photog flipping back and forth to get us both. Like a PP said, the main Photog can focus on you two while the 2nd shooter can get the details, or see stuff the 1st may miss.

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