(Closed) One photographer vs. two – is it worth it??

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6554 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BurlapnLace:  I don’t think its necessary although it does save time. We had two photographers. IT came with the package we chose, and one videographer. One photographer was with DH while he was getting ready and one was with me, and the videographer was also with me.
I liked having two because you get twice as many pictures, and some really nice detail shots, and with out photographers I liked that one got formal pictures and the other got some really beautiful candid shots!

So for me it was worth it. But I can tell you that if the price wasn’t right, we probably wouldn’t have done it, but our photography package was unbeatable where I live

Post # 4
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I like the option of two photographers. I also like having two photographers of the opposite sex.   Two different viewpoints from two different genders.  Plus your husband might change his mind and want some photos with him and his groomsmen/best man. 

My DH had a blast with the male photographer and his guys while getting ready…..

Post # 6
6208 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

For me it was totally worth it. We got a lot of pictures that wouldn’t have been possible with just one, like two perspectives ppb our ceremony


Post # 7
6554 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BurlapnLace:  oh sure!

Le Image Inc.

10 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-2922


My videographer was Nikola

My photographers were Tanya & Justin


If they ask who referred you give them my wedding date Sept 14, 2013, my name is Danielle. THey will know who I am bc I referred one of my friends (who also loved them), and they also did our engagement shoot and we talked for quite some time working on our wedding video and such.

Post # 8
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I totally think it’s worth it to hire 2 photographers.  I have a great husband and wife team that we’re using – They’re located in NJ also!  We had our engagment shoot a few months ago and I LOVE the pictures. 



Post # 9
4528 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We’re going with 2 photogs for 10 hours since we found a very reasonable package. If we’d had to choose between those 2 extra hours and a second shooter, we’d have picked the extra time, but I am glad we’re getting both

Post # 11
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am having two photographers. As a photographer myself, I can tell you that, although it may not seem like it, getting all of the photos that many brides expect can be very difficult, especially during the ceremony. Having two photographers ensures that there will be somebody to catch each element of the ceremony, without having to hustle around everywhere (which is 100% unnacceptable, especially in a church). With one photographer on each side, and with specific shots they are looking to get, you are much more likely to get the right angles and shots.

It is also nice during the reception because during things like the first dance and toasts, one person can be photographing you and DH, and the other can be photographing the crowd reacting. And I can completely understand your FI not thinking photos of him getting ready is necessary, but it is always great to have photos of the groom and his groomsmen, just like the bride gets photos with her girls before leaving for the ceremony. I’ve gone with the grooms side as they get pizza and ice cream in their tuxes, it’s always so fun!

Post # 12
9192 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

As PPs said, you can get a few shots that you couldn’t otherwise… but not “necessary” by any means!  Just don’t blame your single photographer if s/he doesn’t get every single shot you might want.  

We had two because my cousin is a pro-level photographer and volunteered to be second shooter.  I LOVE the extras he provided, but just the pics from the first photographer were plenty and wonderful.

@MeiFrancis:  damn, that second shot is amazing!

Post # 13
4751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BurlapnLace:   Our wedding is half the size of yours and to us, having two photographers is absolutely worth it!  We want different angles and perspectives.  


Post # 14
3143 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you can swing it I vote for two to capture two different perspectives. If one is professional and then have a student do the other. One to take special moments and one to capture details. 

Post # 15
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Its going to be up to you really. For your size most certainly its not needed. Im a single shooter and cover all angles. The second is added if they want getting ready in different locations or its a very large wedding. 90% of my couple opt out of the second. They see my photos, you’d think I had a second. Dont even worry about it if you hire a quality photographer.

If its pushing the budget go for the quality single shooter if you really dont care about the ‘him’ getting ready. Some times its works out where i have done both getting ready, depends on the timeline/locations.



Post # 16
6113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Styles:  +1 

@BurlapnLace:  Is it necessary? With a wedding of that size, no. I can single shoot and capture everything, and no one is ever felt like they were missing out. I do have second photographer packages, and while it is certainly helpful when it comes to alternate angles, it’s not must have thing if it’s not a requirement for you. I still move around a little during the ceremony to get various angles. Shots like @MeiFrancis:  posted (which were beautiful, BTW…love that overall shot) are impossible to get without a second. Logistically you can’t be in two places at one time and I would personally not venture that far out of the ceremomy (to get that kind of overall shot) if I was single shooting. Mostly because our ceremonies here are pretty short – in the 10-15 min range, and I wouldn’t want to be running around that far out and miss something. Where in NJ are you getting married?

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