(Closed) has anybody booked more than one photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’ll have to check with your photographer about this. Many have something in the contract about this.  I know mine explicity stated there were to be no other photographers except her.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Most photographers have a clause in the contract about how they are the only professional photographer. ESPECIALLY if the other is a newbie – I have heard horror stories of newbie photographers trying to build their portfolio running around pestering the professional all evening and getting in the way of their shots. If she wants to build her portfolio, she should look into apprenticing as a second-shooter with a local wedding photographer.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Sort of. I have two photographers just because my photographers are a husband and wife team and all their packages include a second shooter. I also have a bridesmaid who is a photographer and offered to take getting ready photos for us as well a shoot during the reception after the pros leave. My wedding is still a few months off but I’m sure it will work out, I love my photographer’s work and my Bridesmaid or Best Man did our engagement pctures and they turned out great. 

Maybe you could have your sister’s friend do first look pictures, getting ready pictures, or a day after/TTD shoot? I imagine that a non-pro would possibly get in the way of your hired photographer unless they coordinated beforehand. 

Edit: As PP have stated you might not even allowed to hire a second shooter. My photographer’s contract specifically stated that no one else was allowed to shoot while they were there. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I want to do this. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are having two photographers because we want to capture all the most of our guest. We want one photographer with the women and one with the men. They will be able to take pictures of our guest attending the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The different angles of us saying our vows. When we are having our pictures taken there will be one taking pictures at cocktail hour.

We were able to find an awesome photographer who provides that package as an option. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Definitely check with your photographer. I personally wouldn’t allow this after having an experience with it once that turned into a total train wreck. When two photographers are working independently instead of together you will get lots of photos of the main events (first kiss, dances, etc) from two perspectives rather than the comprehensive coverage (where you have an even distribution of shots of guests and the big moments). This makes sense because the pro you’ve hired is tasked with making sure they get all the major moments and the portfolio-building newbie is only going to be interested in portfolio-building shots. Who is then responsible if something gets missed? It rarely works out well which is why it’s a standard no-no in most professional photography contracts. I would not want to shoot around a friend with a nice camera trying to build a wedding portfolio – they are usually unaware of how they might be bombing professional shots. If they want to become a photographer they should do it the right way – shadow/second shoot under the direction of a professional photographer rather than experimenting at their friend’s wedding.

ETA: another reason pros don’t like this is because it can cut into our print and album sales as well if the amateur photographer decides to throw all their images up on facebook or in a photobucket gallery and tries to sell or give away files. It can also cause confusion and be a liability for pro photographers – if the amateur photographer is really invasive or does something ridiculous or causes an issue by making a newbie mistake, guests at the wedding may think the two photographers are together and associate the newbie’s behavior with the pro’s business. Just sharing some reasoning behind the popular “no other photographers” clause in most wedding contracts. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hired a photographer, and then had a friend of a friend ask if she could shoot the wedding to build her portfolio. My original photographer didn’t have an issue with it, as they have very different styles and stayed out of each other’s hair. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Maybe ask your professional photographer if the friend could be an assistant or have her shoot parts of the day the pro isn’t there? I’d say most pros would not sign you if you told them you were going to have a second person shooting, ESP if they don’t really know what they are doing! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i wasn’t allowed to. It was so annoying, a photographer who had been working as a second shooter for the best photographer in the area offered me free coverage for a few hours so she could build her portfolio…and i had to say no!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There is a clause in our contract that we cannot book another photographer.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Think about it for a moment – weddings move really quickly, and there isn’t a whole lot of time to share moments between photographers.  Two or more photographers NEED to work together seamlessly so they aren’t stepping into each other’s shots, aren’t taking the same photos as the other person, and generally maximizing their time and efforts together.  It’s hard enough to do the job we’re hired to do when we have to contend with guest photographers getting in our way, but dealing with another professional you’ve hired is doing a disservice to everyone involved.  Nearly every pro you hire will have a specific clause in their contract stating they are to be the only professional photographer for the event.  If you want more than one photographer, work with the one you’ve hired to bring a second shooter into the mix that is someone the primary photographer has previously worked with.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@continuumphotography:  +1

just imagine working your normal job with somebody else doing the exact same thing, in your way, screwing up everything you do. And there’s no do overs. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

+1 to the ProPhotoBees

I just wanted to add all the moments missed because they are asking endless questions trying to “learn”, I’m trying to be nice, but this isn’t a workshop it’s someones wedding that paid me a lot of money to capture and you are interrupting that.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Cornucopia St. Charles

My fiance is a photographer and he was a second photographer on a wedding.  It was awful.  He had a hard time getting the shots because the other photographer was constantly getting in his way.  He made nasty comments all night and overall the experience was demeaning.  We will never shoot a wedding if another photographer is already hired.  You need to feel good about your choice and if you dont fire them and get someone you trust.  

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