(Closed) Hiring two photographers!? Opinions please:)

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

That sounds like a set up for a rom com scene where they trip over each other in a rush to get the shot and smash into the cake. 

Plenty of professional photogs offer packages with second shooters.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t think many photographers would agree to shoot at a wedding with another photographer present. However, many professional photographers have an assistant photographer working with them to capture moments just like you mentioned. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We had 2 photographers, and it was definitely worth it. If you want all of those reaction shots and shots of events occurring simultaneously (like while you and the groom are getting ready), then the only way you can do it is with 2 photographers. 

ETA: both my photographers were from the same company. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  yes2peaches.
Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We had 2 photographers, but generally you hire 1 photography company and they send 2 shooters. I doubt these photographers would agree to working together having never met before. Generally, one photographer is your “main shooter” and one is a “second shooter” and that is decided among them. We hired our photographer and she recruited a second shooter. We never met, spoke or, or had any interaction with the 2nd shooter before the wedding day. All communication, payment, etc went through our photographer. I agree that you should have 2 shooters, but I would choose whichever one you prefer, and then inquire whether they offer a second shooter. I would NOT hire 2 different photography companies to shoot your wedding. That sounds like a disaster if they are not on the same page about who will be photographing what. And yes, the extra photographer was worth it. The best part is getting photos from multiple angles. The pictures alone of my husband crying (taken by 2nd shooter)  while I am walking down the aisle (being photographed by the main shooter) are worth their price in gold

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Oh and i’d be real skeptical about a photographer approaching me in Panera. I’d do a heck of a lot of research before I considered hiring someone who approached me out of the blue like that. Seems random, and I wouldn’t necessarily trust a photographer trolling for work like that. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

If you want two photographers, definitely go for a second shooter rather than hiring two separate vendors.

We went with a husband/wife pair for our photographers, and they mentioned that having a man and woman can bring different perspectives, and make the groom/groomsmen more comfortable during those getting ready shots you want.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

The prior posters have given you wise advice about having a second shooter from the same company and not attempting to have two separate contracts with two different photographers. In fact, most professional photographers have provisiona in their contracta that they must be the ONLY (professional/hired) photographer at your event.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with pretty much everything said re: hiring two photographers whom are used to working together (we had a husband and wife team and have 700 photos), but also want to add that if needed you can get getting ready shots of both bride & groom with one photographer, because typically a lot more goes into getting ready for the bride! I’m pretty sure our photographers didn’t split up for that, just spent some time in our suite, then with the boys, then came back (and we did our first look on our suite’s balcony. Also btw if you really want lots of pictures doing a first look might be a good option, and depending on how old your son is, if you did a separate first look with him I could see that being so precious!)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

You should definitely get a second photographer but they should already have an established working relationship. We had a husband and wife team take our photographs and it worked really well.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We hired two separate photographers, but only because we’re in a very special situation. Fiance is a photographer himself, and the two we have hired are school friends of his who are very skilled and are less expensive than anyone local who is as good as them. Otherwise, if we had gone with a local outfit, we were going to hire one company with two shooters. The only one in our area that we liked at all (we’re really picky about this one!) was very expensive, but honestly they deserved every penny they asked for. You should check your contracts and contact your first photographer before moving forward with it.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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babybearinhipss:   Your best bet is to hire an established professional wedding photographer who works with a second shooter.  You will get lots of photos.  We had two shooters and had an online album of over 700 images (unretouched) nine days after our wedding.

Please don’t work with a friend or with someone who approaches you.  There are too many stories of heartache which stem from that choice.  

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