(Closed) I think I’m a 2 photographer bride.

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have you checked your photographer’s contract? Mine says that my photographer will be the sole photographer for the event.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I personally wouldn’t do this. Why can’t you just ask this photographer to take a few of the portrait style shots that you want anyway? I would think that he would be more open to that than having a 2nd photographer around…

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Atalanta: He really should have been accommodating and just agreed to do the portraits instead of you having to convince him. I get that photographers sometimes think that you have hired them for that particular style but at the same time you are a paying customer so they really should just oblige. 

If he is OK/agrees to a 2nd photog then get it in writing, even if it’s an email. 

 

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

If you no longer like the style of the photographer you hired, you should forfeit your deposit, cancel your contract in writing, and book someone else. However, your wedding is very soon, and I don’t know that you can find a photographer so soon that is very good, admittedly.

 

How did he lure you to sign under false pretenses? Did you see his work prior? If posed portraits are important, why did you hire someone that generally doesn’t do them?

 

I also feel two hours of portraits after the ceremony is a *long* time. What will your guests be doing? If you are efficient in taking photos prior to the ceremony, you shouldn’t need two hours afterwards to do the formals.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I don’t think he would have a problem with it if you pay for his time during the portrait session but let him just go onto the reception and not be present.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Atalanta: I would definitely check into it and have everything in writing.  The second photog might not like having the original one there.  My contract also states we cannot have another photographer there.  However, my package is from a couple, so I will have 2 photogs working together.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We actually hired one photograher he is a more classic photographer and we just finished going over our plan for the wedding day and he mentioned he would be bringing a second shooter with a more artistic view. I think it’s great and if i were you i would ask if you could have a second shooter.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Atalanta: Most photographers won’t allow this. If you wanted a second shooter you could talk to them about someone they know who he might be able to bring as a second shooter, but most photographers don’t let you hire an additional photographer on your own. There are a lot of reasons – they’ve never worked together, they’re both going to approach it trying to shoot a full wedding for their portfolio (i.e. both going for the same shots instead of complimenting each other as a team), second shooters images are in direct competition with the first photographer you hired, etc. What does your contract say?

I think you mentioned you’re having a destination wedding with less than 100 guests right? In that case I really don’t think you need a second shooter – you’re going to be getting a whole lot of images of the same thing. If you didn’t trust the photographer you hired to get everything you wanted you probably shouldnt have hired him.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think two photographers trying to get guests attention during portraits is going to be like watching a train wreck happen. There’s a reason why photogs only generally work with second shooters that they have selected – communication and coverage is key. You need to be 100% upfront with both photogs before moving forward with this. Most don’t allow it at all….for good reason.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

@Atalanta: You don’t need to reserve an aisle seat for him. We need to be up and moving during the ceremony, very discretely, around the sides and back of the ceremony location. Don’t reserve a seat for him or expect him to sit during the ceremony. That’s generally not done.

He doesn’t mean that he literally “hides” in a venue, just that he is at more of a distance and doesn’t interfere.

Have you seen an entire wedding shot by him? Was it missing photos of the ring and the kiss? If not, don’t worry about it. He will be accustomed to getting those images.

An artsy/photojournalist photographer will still take photos of the kiss, ring, and other events as they naturally happen. They may not do many posed portraits, true. Did you see posed portraits or trash the dress images in his portfolio?

I think there is some major miscommunication going on between you and the photographer. You need to sit down, read your contract, and talk to him. If you do not want him to be the sole photographer, you should cancel on him and lose your deposit.

Even if he is okay with another shooter that he does not know, finding another accomplished shooter that is okay with this would be difficult.

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