(Closed) Opinions on 2nd shooter?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1650 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It might depend on how big your wedding is going to be.  With a really small wedding a second shooter might not be worth it if you’re looking to save money there.  But I wanted a second shooter because I’m hoping it will help us get as many great shots as possible – get different angles during the ceremony, etc.  The second shooter can go take getting-ready photos of the guys while the primary photographer takes the photos of you and your bridesmaids getting ready.  I’m expecting my wedding to be about 150-200 guests, so there will be a lot going on and I felt the second shooter was going to be pretty necessary for us.

Post # 4
781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We felt a second photographer was necessary as well.  I wanted pics of both bride and groom getting ready, and it’s nice to have someone taking candids and able to catch other moments and angles of the same scene!

Post # 5
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

How many guests will you have? Where will you both be getting ready? There are a lot of factors that go into whether you really need a second shooter. A lot of newer photographers are only comfortable having a back up person there, or they’re bringing a friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife with them as a second shooter, but there are just as many experienced solo shooters who have no problem getting the whole story. I always hear people say things like “oh well we’d like to have another angle during the ceremony” and my response to that is . . . your one photographer can move to another angle! They’re not supposed to just stand in one place the whole time. 🙂 I’ve been to smaller weddings with 2 photographers and they literally stood in one spot for the whole event. That’s crazy to me. I’ve read lots of discussions amongst photographers about the second shooter fad that sort of took hold in the past 3 or 4 years and a lot of us feel like it’s a crutch for younger shooters or just a way to attract bookings because couples think they’re getting double the value. Many times they’re really choosing 2 so-so photographers over one really stellar photographer (not always, but more and more often in this bad economy).

Of course this really depends on the size and logistics of your wedding. I usually have a second shooter for weddings with 150-200+ guests, but any smaller than that is really unnecessary for me. Logistically, if you’re getting ready close by or in the same place, there’s no reason the photographer can’t jump over to get the groom getting ready too – this is literally about 5 minutes of shooting – it doesn’t take much for men. If you’re getting ready hours apart or there’s some other complication then consider it, but don’t think you have to have two shooters for the whole time. I often bring a second in for 5-6 of the 8-9 I shoot. Otherwise you may be paying for a TON of photos of pretty much the same thing.

Post # 6
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re going to have 1 shooter for our 125 person wedding. I thought about adding a second, but I’ve already been told by at least two guests with photog hobby interests that they will be snapping away… so I figure we’ll be covered between our photog (who seems very very good) and frientogs.

Post # 7
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had a second shooter for my wedding and I am glad I did.  We had a lot of photos from her that were awesome from her angle of shooting. 

We had about 250 guests at our wedding.  Even with a smaller guestlist, I would still invest in a second shooter just because she was able to capture moments that my photographer did not see and capture for us (not intentional as there are so many great moments taking place at the same time).






Post # 9
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am having a small wedding (less than 50 guests) and I am toying with the idea of a 2nd photographer just for lead up. It would be really nice to see pictures of my Fiance getting ready (since I won’t be there to see it!) but at the same time we do have a pretty small budget. I was thinking of just having a friend shoot the guys getting ready (we are getting ready at different houses). The only disadvantage I see with that is the photos my friend takes would have a different style (but hey that’s ok – a diff style for the guys and for the girls, right?) and his photos won’t be included in the “official” photobook our photographer will give us (which should be included in the overall story of the day). Thoughts?

Post # 10
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My wedding was only 36 people so I didn’t get a second shooter, but wish I had -might have been overkill but the only thing better than great pics is MORE great pics 🙂

Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

First off you might want to do a search on this topic, it comes up a lot.

1. There is no disadvantage to a second shooter, unless you already feel like one photographer might potentially be intrusive enough.

2. Having a small number of guests doesn’t necessarily mean you should forget about getting a second photographer.

3. The most important thing to consider is that unless the primary photographer works with the support photographer a lot (like a husband and wife team), that second photographer isn’t someone you are likely going to be able to meet beforehand.  This can cause a bit of a disconnect between them and you. 

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