(Closed) Is a second photographer that important?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee

@chelles07:  this is something i thought about a lot. i ended up going with the 2000 package, with two photographers. mainly because we’re NOT doing a first look, we want the true emotion when i first walk to him. i want a shot of my face & his face. so that was a big factor. plus i want one focusing on us, & one of the regular traditional photos & family photos. i cut from other areas to have this.

Post # 4
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

we had a HUGE wedding (300 guest and 28 people in our wedding party) we decided to have 2 because I would have felt so bad have our 1 photog runing around all night by himself. We got pictures at so many angles and they captured every momment! I would def invest in 2.

Post # 5
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My feeling is it depends on the size of your wedding and your budget.  If you’re having 250 people and want lots of shots of your guests, then two photogs are the way to go.  Or if you can spare the money it’s a nice way to get some additional photos.  But it’s not a requirement and I’ve seen lots of weddings that were well covered by one photographer.  If you can do it, great, if not you should still have some great pics.

Post # 6
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My friend had a 200 person wedding and had one shooter. Another friend of mine had an 80 person wedding and had 2.  We’re having about 82 people and we just have 1 shooter – whose work i absolutely LOVE.  I’ve seen pictures he’s done (by himself) and completely confident in his abilities – so we are NOT having a second shooter.  FYI, the friend who had 2 – i don’t think her pictures are any better than the friend that just had 1 (they used the same company!) 

Post # 7
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love that having 2 shooters enables them to get different angles of the same shot.  For example, I want one of my groom’s face as I walk down the aisle, but I also want one of my and me from the front as we walk down the aisle.  We couldn’t get both of those if we didn’t have 2 shooters.

Post # 8
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went with one photographer because my photog didn’t have a 2nd shooter that he works with… My photog’s wife ran the video camera (we just paid for a stand still video of our ceremony, so mostly she just had to watch the camera)… However we did have a young man (15 year old) from our church who is trying to get better at photography. 

He asked to shoot our wedding – We asked our photog and he said it was fine.  We told him he had to meet with our photographer (they know each other) to make a plan, make sure he wasn’t in his way, etc.  We also made the agreement that it would be for free and we would get all of his pictures – since, really, we were just doing him a favor, giving him wedding experience.

He got one picture that I couldn’t have had with only one photog and I love it… Pretty much the rest or his shots are just extras (lots of similar ones to our photog, which I expected since he was trying to learn what to capture at weddings)…. 

Our photog was able to get both of our faces when I was going down the aisle.  

The 2nd photog got a shot of my dad and I standing at the doorway of the sanctuary – my arm hooked in his, my whole train spread out…. I love it! He was also able to get some nice shots from when I was waiting in the foyer to walk down the aisle – and some other moments like that, but I don’t think I would have missed those pictures… 

For us, it wasn’t worth the expense of finding a 2nd photog… And it worked out great for us 🙂

Post # 9
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

A second photographer should be one that your primary photographer feels comfortable working with.  If you decide that you want one, you should have your primary arrange it, and it shouldn’t cost you the same as hiring the primary.  

Post # 10
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

We are having a second shooter for a few reasons.  My girls and I are getting ready separate from the guys, and we are not doing a first look.  So I want to capture both of us getting ready with our friends and family.  Also, we are having a reception with a very large outdoor space and two different indoor spaces, so we want to be able to capture it all.  Our photographer chooses the second shooter, so I know they will work well together.

Post # 11
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had just one photographer and it was FINE.  Would I have liked two?  Sure!  But with my single photographer we still had over 1000 (!) pictures and had a tough time picking only 70 of those to go in our professional album.

I think it depends a lot on how you plan your day and what specifically you want captured, but it isn’t a “mistake” to have just one.

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