(Closed) how many photograpers are you hiring?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
9737 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are only hiring one professional photographer, however my brother’s girlfriend (soon to be FI!) is also a photographer and is really excited to take lots of pictures at our wedding so I know we’ll get some great professional quality ones from her as well.

If it’s in your budget I would absolutely hire 2 (one lead and one assistant) photographer.

Post # 3
62 posts
Worker bee

I never thought about hiring more than one photographer, but I am having a relatively small wedding.  I think my photographer is bringing her own assistant, so maybe check whether your photographer could do that before hiring a second person.

Post # 4
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We had two photographer for ten guests, ha! I’d recommend two without a doubt.

Post # 6
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think if photograpy is very important to you, you need two photographers. It’s not just about guest count or size of your wedding; more importantly it’s about being in two places at once: you’ll want photos of you getting ready AND photos of him. Typically that’s done at the same time. You’ll want close-ups at the altar AND artistic shots from behind and far back of the whole scene. You want everything captured from differnt angles and perpectives to illustrate the big picture accurately. This is why the best wedding photographers have a second shooter. Don’t hire a second person on your own, just seek out packages that list a “second shooter” or assistant. If the term “assistant” is listed, double check if that means they just help schlep stuff and set up lighting or if they actually shoot too. If you don’t see second shooter on your photog’s packages, just ask. Every wedding photographer has a dozen friends in the industry, and I’ve learned they often second-shoot for one another.

Post # 7
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We’re having two pros. One is an established wedding and portrait photographer and the other is an amazing event and art photographer. Very different styles from both of them and we’re result excited for it. They’re both school friends of groom.

Post # 9
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

About 100, I think. We would have hired them both for 20 guests though, Fiance is a photographer himself so it’s a major priority for us.

Post # 10
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Lots of photographers can bring a second shooter as part of your package!

I would advise against trying to hire two unrelated professionals – deciding who captures what could be a huge mess, not to mention many photographers have a clause that you can’t hire multiple pros. But a second shooter working as a team with your photographer sounds great!

Post # 11
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

We’re having 2 photographers. We’ve got about 60 guests for the day and 120 for the evening (UK wedding)

It was only £200 extra for the second shooter and they’ve worked with our photographer loads of times. We wanted 2 so that they might capture more angles. I also quite liked the idea of the second shooter getting pictures of guests mingling whilst we’re off having photos of just the two of us 🙂

Post # 12
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Really? Everyone’s having two photographers?!

I prioritised photogrpahy and I had meetings with two exceptional photographers, both of whom feature in well-known wedding blogs and have work published in national magaznes here in the UK. Both of them told me that with around 100 guests, a ‘second shooter’ is not necessary and that it can interfere with the consistency and artistic impression of the finished collection of photos.

I would say that if you have full confidence in your photographer (eg. glowing reviews and a strong reputation and you know you love their portfolio), then just stick to one. If you are less sure, or they are an amateur, I’d want some back-up.

It also depends on what kind of photos you like. If you are after artistic and stylish, quality over quantity- one is right; if you just want loads of candid shots of people and absolutely every moment captured, two maybe?

I also felt that a second shooter would be too paparrazzi-like for my guests, too.

When I considered what I really wanted out of the photography, it was really just to take away 10-15 amazing shots of us as a couple and a few of our closest loved ones looking their best. I felt all those crazy funny dancefloor and speech moments would all get captured on guests’ cameras anyway and nice as they are to have, they’re not what I’d put up on the wall. Think how many of those kind of party photos you have sitting on your phone and I bet you never look at them.

You say you’re really into the details of the wedding- cake, decor etc. That’s not something you’d need two photographers to handle. Any good photographer will do that as standard. They should build in a specific time to go round and capture all of that, sometime before the wedding. The important thing is how they edit the images.

Post # 13
2507 posts
Sugar bee

It’s not about the size of the wedding; while you of course want pics of your guests, the main reason you’re hiring a photographer is to get pics of you and your groom. 

So with that in mind, make sure you have 2 shooters, or someone (you or your groom) is missing out when it comes to the getting ready pictures. One person can’t be in two places at once. 

Post # 14
275 posts
Helper bee

Any thoughts on when bride and groom are getting ready at same location?  It’s a boutique hotel (former home)- I’ll be downstairs and he will be upstairs.  2nd shooter still necessary? I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to snap a few pics of me then go upstairs, but I could be wrong.

Post # 15
1919 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

socalgirl1689:  2, guest list ~ 135

I wanted to be sure different angles and shots could be taken. Also, this will allow the wedding party to have photos done at the same time- time saver. We paid $1,000 for 2 for 8 hours.

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