(Closed) how many photographer at your wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I loooove photography, and we budgeted a good amount toward our photographers. We are having two, a husband and a wife team. There will be many more family member/friend photographers with their personal DSLR cameras, too!

I would highly recommend having 2. One person cannot be in two places at once, and won’t be able to capture multiple angles.

For example, during the ceremony, I’d love to get pictures looking down the aisle to catch the back view of my dress, and my FI’s face, but also up the aisle to catch my dad’s face and my face as we walk down the aisle. That moment really only lasts around 30 seconds, so it could be easy to miss without a second photographer.

That’s my take! Above all else, do what you can afford with your budget, and what makes you happy. 🙂 hope that helps.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are having 2 photographers. The main, more experienced photographer will be there covering our wedding for 12 hours and the second shooter will cover 5-6 hours. I really wanted 2 so we could get tons of different angles for the ceremony. Additionlly, I have a HUGE family and didn’t want the photographer to be bogged down taking just family pics the whole time. Having two will allow for multiple groups to be shot at the same time.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would highly recommend only 1.

If they are good, they can do it on their own. They are less obvious, and you get the vision of the one most skilled photographer. Ours was able to capture literally everything we wanted (including both the guys and girls getting ready) with no problem.

I’m really into photography (I do it on the side) and I was 100% satisfied with one. As for the up/down aisle shot, I think it’s really uneccessary. You’ll get a ton of shots of your dress from the day, it doesn’t have to be that specific moment. And my wedding photog told us not to get hung up on the “groom’s face” shot – most of the time there isn’t any noticable emotion on their face…they are just standing there. They said it almost without exception disappoints the bride that he isn’t visibly bursting with emotion, haha.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had 1 and a family of pro and semi pro cameras running around. I havent seen my photographers photos yet but so far step moms are looking incredible. Our budget was tight and we had a small relaxed wedding so Im happy with how everything went.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

double post

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@crayfish:  1 photographer can do all of the things you mentioned, but it can be very highly dependent on the individual itinerary and logistics.  I’ve shot many weddings where had there not been a second photographer NO images of particular things such as groom getting ready photos, cocktail hour candids, details etc would have been taken because the primary photographer was not physically near them.  

When you have two photographers you are almost always dealing with a primary photographer, and a support photographer.  The primary photographer is the one sort of leading the day, and the support photographer is there to fill in the gaps and be in the places that the first person can’t, and assist the primary.  I’ve shot events with 30 guests, and events with 500 guests and I’ve literally never had a wedding where a second photographer has not been valuable.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Of course a second photographer has value and means you get more shots from more angles. The question is whether the value in your pictures will be worth the extra cost. I’ve been in weddings with both 1 and 2 photogs and, in my opinion, I don’t think having the second photgrapher significantly improved the photographs. You’ll get plenty of pictures either way. So I’m only planning to have one. But to each their own.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@toasty:  I didn’t even think about that, with regard to the ceremony. Now I’m wanting two!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are having 2 🙂

FI and I are getting ready at 2 different venues and we really want good quality pictures of both of us getting ready. And while we are doing our after-ceremony shoot, the 2nd photographer will be taking pics of our guests enjoying themselves during the reception 🙂 We love photography and thats why we decided to splurge on photo and video. I cant wait to see our pictures

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

2. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

we originally booked 1.  Then I started thinking about the pics I wanted. .

how is one photog going to get a pic of my brother and me before we start down the aisle and a pic of FI watching me come down the aisle?  It would be a mad sprint. .

so we added another one  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

We will have 2 for getting ready (1 at each location), ceremony and photoshoot afterwards. Only one of them will stay for the reception until 10pm.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ok. I have to say this. Please evaluate your needs and decide based on that what you really need. If you find a shooter who regularly shoots on their own, you love what they do, hire them. I only suggest second shooters for extra guest coverage when it’s a larger wedding (150+ guests) or the day is going to be complicated in some way with multiple locations. I am perfectly capable of getting both you walking down the aisle and the groom’s face as long as your venue layout allows it logistically. The phenomenon of photographer teams really took hold because of the recession, not because it’s the only way to do things. Before a few years ago most photographers shot solo and somehow they managed to make their clients happy. Unless you’ve hired a dedicated team of full time pros who work with each other regularly, a second shooter might be more like a selling feature to get you to book than an actual benefit – you’ll likely end up with a whole lot of photos of the same people and things (especially if you’re having a smaller wedding) and your photographer may be bringing someone along who isn’t as experienced or skilled as they are so you might end up with two very different sets of images. Your solo photographer will know when to suggest a second shooter based on what you have planned and what you want, so trust them! I’m not knocking the teams, I’m just cautioning you that two photographers is not twice the value and it’s important to consider that when you’re deciding who to hire. Comparing a package with two photogs vs one is an easy trap to fall in because in your mind you start to think you can’t have good coverage without two but the important thing is to look at a sample of each of their weddings and let that be the deciding factor.  Check out the work of these solo shooters and tell me one photographer “can’t get all the angles”.

Of the top 10 wedding photographers of the year, only one of them is a team (that’s not to say they don’t bring seconds on some of their weddings, but most are by and large solo shooters):

http://www.americanphotomag.com/article/2012/05/top-10-wedding-photographers-2012

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@mariematt:  This is a selling point for husband and wife teams.  There is a huge advantage of being able to work with the same person over and over again.  But like I said there is almost always a lead photographer and a support photographer.  It’s important to not think you are getting two lead photographers, as this would get confusing anyways.  A second shooter for a single photographer is another photographer who happened to not have that day booked.  They may or may not have their own full time business, may or may not have worked with the lead photographer before, and you will likely never get to meet them before your wedding.  It puts the second at a bit of a disadvantage because they won’t have formed a bond with you.  I’m the lead photographer for my company, but I occassionally help out friends with their weddings so I know how both ends of it works.  Truthfully though, if you are hiring a second you should be hiring someone with some experience. Otherwise they need to be classified as an assistant and not a second photographer.

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