(Closed) Is it worth paying for 2 photographers at your wedding!?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

ask to see an entire wedding of just the one photographer. It’s not crazy or un-heard of. Unless you have 275+ guests it’s not even really necessary. And yes, you will get the front and back of you walking down the aisle with only 1 🙂

Post # 4
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Honestly, I had the same worry in my first wedding.  But you’d be surprised how much the one photographer can capture.  Mine had pictures of the front of me walking down, and also the back of me… all before I even walked down the aisle.  So, unless you have a big wedding, I wouldn’t worry about the 2nd photographer. 

Post # 5
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had two photographers and I think it worked out well.  Cool to see two different interpretations of a moment.

Also, one of our photographers was able to pop into the reception room before guests moved everything to get detail shots while the other did creatives with the wedding party.

It was worth it to us, but we hired a couple that always work together, so it was never an option just to have one.

Post # 6
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know most photographers bring another person with them.. your photographer doesnt have a second person coming? I had that same concern when I spoke to our photgrapher because i wanted to make sure she got specific pictures and I wasnt sure how she was going to do it and be in two places at once. Then she explained she has another woman she works with and showed us her pictures as well and we met her and it has been perfect.

Post # 7
3674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

My photographer said to only go with 2 if it’s a bigger wedding (mine was small). I think it would be nice to have two, but that’s a lot of money.

Post # 8
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re having two to make life easier for them and us. We’re having a very active reception so we want to get great shots. It was 450 for a second shooter though, so it was easier to fit in the budget (900 without our 1/2 off discount). 

The second shooter will be either our main photogs brother or brother-in-law and we’ve seen examples of both of their works and they compliment each other.

Post # 9
1696 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Second photographers are really “just in case”. So if you don’t need the assurance that your original photographer won’t miss special moments, then you’re fine. I don’t know why it would cost an extra $1,800 though. Dang!

Post # 11
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yes, you need a 2nd photog if you have >150 guests – but $1800 sounds expensive, are you having a famous 2nd photog to tag along?

usually the main photog will hire their team/friend, but it’s like $500, max $1000 i assume.  $1800 sounds like you can hire another photographer studio company!


Post # 12
1953 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

$1800 sounds REALLY expensive for a second shooter.  Maybe you could ask if there is an amateur second shooter that is less expensive?  You do not need to true professionals, just someone to get a shot from another angle.  I would think $500-$800 would be more than reasonable.  Maybe the extra cost is because of the additional cost of editing the additional pictures? 


Post # 13
1626 posts
Bumble bee

$1800 is what people pay for the main photographer. The most I’ve seen is about $650 and some charge about $100 – $150 an hour. I’d talk to my photographer and tell him you want someone cheaper. I would go with a second photographer if you are having a big wedding (think 200 or so) but for $1800??!!! They be trippin’

Post # 14
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We only had one and we got plenty of pictures! We had around 100 guests.

Post # 15
203 posts
Helper bee

One is enough.  Ask friends who are camera bugs to bring their cameras.  Or try a photography school; or try bartering.

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