(Closed) Help!!! Anyone having more than one photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
12307 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My photographer stated that they will not “compete” with another at the same event.  The few other contracts I saw from other photogs that I spoke to have the same.  You can hire them to bring a second shooter with them, but they wont work with anoher separate paid photograher in the way you seem to want to hire them.

Post # 3
174 posts
Blushing bee

Check the contract!!! Most contracts do not allow you to hire another photog on the side.

Post # 4
1180 posts
Bumble bee

Maybe you’re better off hiring a photographer team, that way two people working together can capture different angles, and thus you will have more choice.  T

wo people who are strangers will likley not work as well together as two photographers who are familiar with one another.

Post # 5
4631 posts
Honey bee

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sillylittlebee:  completely agree with pinkshoes. They will get in each other’s way. It is inevitable. Not that either would agree to do it.

That being said, I hired a team of two primary shooters. They own the company together, but only work together when a couple wants to pay for two primary photographers. Normally, they each work with a second shooter. They don’t get in each others way because they are so experienced working together. 

I loved my engagement photos because they have different but complementary styles.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by zl27.
  • This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by zl27.
Post # 6
3080 posts
Sugar bee

Daughter #1 had the lead photographer, a secondary shooter, and an assistant, for the whole evening. The assistant was supposed to line up the shots, etc. Instead, he became a 3rd shooter and I wish the shots had been lined up better. They ended up with 1300 proofs, with a pre-paid album of maybe 100 shots. I ended up paying over $900 more, to upgrade the cover and pay for more photos in the album, since they liked so many of the proofs. I was angry, but my 2nd daughter had gotten engaged the week before the album appointment, so I just wanted it over with.

When daughter #2 married, she had the primary photographer for 8 hours and the seconday for 4. They were 2 of 4 partners, in the business. The 2nd shooter was in the suite, when the men got ready and was a important to get a 2nd view, of the ceremony (from the balcony).

For both weddings, the photography contract had the “no other photgrapher” clause. They had our permission to ask guests to not take photos, if they would interfere. Both daughters had unplugged ceremonies, and private 1st looks, bridal party, and family photos, before the ceremony. 

Post # 8
227 posts
Helper bee

I got a team of five photographers and it says on their contract that they won’t allow other photographers (even people I didn’t hire aka guests) to get in the way of them working during the whole event. 

I would advise you pick a photographer you trust 100% because there is no greater regret than getting bad photos of the event you won’t ever get to repeat. Out of literally a hundred photographers (we went to a bridal fair), we only shortlisted three companies we really liked, and then spent a good time studying those three until we finally picked the one we felt would fit best with our “vision” and theme.

Post # 9
3848 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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sillylittlebee:  Please check the contract(s) of both photographers well in advance.  Many will not compete at one event.

Also, an option is to hire a photographer who uses a second shooter.  


Post # 10
8466 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most pros will not allow another photographer to be there. Mine did not even want family members with tripods or anything like that.

Many photographers have the option of bringing a second shooter of their choosing.

Post # 11
2793 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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sillylittlebee:  I would bet it’d be impossible to find two good professional photographers who would agree to something like this. Not gonna happen 

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