(Closed) How Much is a Second Photographer Worth?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is a second photographer a must for a wedding?

    Absolutely, they can capture twice as many moments!

    Not worth the money!

  • Post # 2
    4807 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    hrw7:  It’s not just twice as many moments, it’s different angles and being in different places at the same time.  You’ll get shots you would have completely missed with just one shooter.  

    Post # 3
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    What kind of wedding are you having? I couldnt justify one for my 30 person courthouse and dinner wedding. But if I was having a 80+ person wedding I would go for it. 

    Post # 4
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    For us it was worth it for a couple of reasons:

    We didn’t do a first look, but for getting ready pictures, our photographer took pictures of me and my BM’s, while the 2nd shooter took pictures of the boys. Would’ve taken a lot longer with only one photographer.

    We also got soo many good pictures from the 2nd shooter, just a different perspective.

    Post # 5
    2501 posts
    Sugar bee

    it mostly comes down to getting ready pics: one person can’t be in two places at once. are you and your Fiance getting ready in the same place? if so, probably not the biggest deal to have oen shooter. but if not, if you don’t have a second shooter, then you miss out on getting ready pics for one of the groups.

    the standard package your photographer offers includes a second shooter and an album – if you don’t care about the album so much, i’d ask the a la carte price for just having the second shooter (all photographers have a la carte pricing outside of their packages). either the second shooter is a pretty inexpensive add-on option (like $300), or else you’re essentially getting a free album by choosing the package that includes the second shooter so you might as well take it.

    fwiw, $700 sounds like a really good deal for a second shooter + album. my photographer charges $1000 for a second shooter, and like $700 for an album.

    Post # 8
    137 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    Ours is about the same price difference for the second shooter, and we think it is well worth it.  Firstly because if one of them doesn’t get a particular shot, the other may.  Plus they can be in multiple places at once, so we will get more varied photos, and of things we wouldn’t otherwise see!

    Post # 9
    39 posts
    • Wedding: June 2016

    It is also a great idea for protecting your day. What if your photographer gets super sick in the middle? Or what if she drops her camera and it shatters? These seem kinda silly, but having a second shooter protects those situations. Also you get so many different angles. I used to be my Mom’s second photographers. This was back in 2009… so the style might not be the best in todays standards, but here is a great example: 

    This is the shot my Mom got of them in their getaway car… cute… 

    BUT this is the shot I (the second shooter) got of them. 


    This was just through the other window of the car… 


    Different angle, totally different feel. 


    Second shooters are TOTALLY worth it.

    Post # 10
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Totally worth it for the second shooter. How else are you going to get simultaneous pics of you the moment you enter your ceremony and the first time he sees you walking down the aisle? That for me alone was worth it. 

    Post # 11
    2501 posts
    Sugar bee

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    hrw7:  doooo it. (: we’re also getting ready about 30 mins apart – which makes a *huge* difference in terms of getting ready photos

    Post # 12
    2105 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    For me it was 100% worth it, and was something I really wanted since we were forgoing and videographer. I don’t think ours was that much of a price difference though, and we did not get a wedding album through them. We recieved a disk with all rights to images and we made our own album (which I think saved around $400 based on other photographer’s prices). I thought it was great though because we not only got multiple images from different angles, we were able to save time doing pictures before the ceremony because the one photographer was with the guys and the other was with the girls. We had about 100 guests.

    Post # 13
    1256 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Our photographer is charging us $200 for about 4 hours of a second shooter, which feels totally reasonable and totally worth it in the context of what we are spending on her ($3950).

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