(Closed) Professional Photographers – is one enough? or do we need two?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
73 posts
Worker bee

It really depends on your photographer and also, the layout of your ceremony / reception and the number of guests you have. In my own personal experience (which again, varies by photographer), I’ve found it helpful to have a second shooter for weddings with 200+ guests, but otherwise, if the reception is relatively contained in one area, I was comfortable shooting by yourself, but I did need a little more time during the getting ready portion to make sure I got both the women and men getting ready. If you like the portfolio your photographer has – and ask to see 30 – 50 pictures from one whole wedding so you can see for yourself whether he has captured the major moments you’d like, then one photographer is probably enough for you.

Post # 4
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you like him, and like his work, then go for it! I’m only having one photographer and tomorrow at the wedding I’m shooting I’ll be the only one just like 99% of them that I do… 

It’s totally normal for one photographer… 

Post # 5
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it really depends on what photos you want. For me, I need a second shooter because Fiance and I will not be seeing each other before the ceremony and me and the BMs and Fiance and his GMs will be in a different location getting ready and I really want pics of both groups getting ready before the ceremony and obviously my photog can’t be in two places at once!

Post # 6
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it depends on the photographer and the wedding size like the others have said.  If you look at his portfolio and are seeing the range of all the pictures you want and he normally shoots alone, I think you’re fine.  Also, i’m having a small or no wedding party and only about 50 guests, so I really think I’ll only need one.  Whereas maybe if you have a large party and want cute pictures of both the boys and girls getting ready, maybe you need two

Post # 7
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I always think a second vantage point is great for ensuring all moments are captured. That’s not to say you have to have a second “pro” photographer if you can’t afford it or your photog package doesn’t include it.

I recommend asking a friend to take pictures of the things your pro photog might miss…..i.e. if the pro is with you while you’re getting ready, have a friend document the guys while they get ready, etc.

I am sure there is a friend or family member who would be eager to volunteer and help out. =)

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