(Closed) Second Shooter

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Post # 2
1730 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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yogabride2be2018 :  We had 150 guests and two shooters – it was included in our package, so I don’t know if I would have given it too much thought otherwise. Here are my thoughts:

1. Getting ready photos: If these are important to you, you might want/need 2 shooters. For our wedding, the main photographer was with me and the girls, and the second shooter was with DH and his groomsmen.

2. Pre-ceremony photos: We didn’t do a first look, but we did take bridal party photos (me with the BMs, him with the GMs) and separate family photos beforehand. Again, the main photographer was with me, and the second shooter was with him.

3. Ceremony photos: Our venue had a balcony, and I definitely wanted shots from up there. If we didn’t have 2 shooters, it would have been impossible to simultaneously get the balcony photos and the regular, up close photos.

4. Post-ceremony photos: The main photographer came with us and took whole family and bridal party shots, while the second shooter photographed the reception space. Once the joint photos were finished, our photographer stuck wth us for couples portraits, while the second shooter captured the cocktail hour.

Once the reception started, I have no idea who was where and who took what photos. We seemed to get a good range of guests in our photos, though, as well as all of the important moments.

Basically, I think if you want to capture everything at a wedding of that size, 2 shooters is going to ensure that. I’m sure it’s possible with only 1 photographer, but I have to imagine some things will feel rushed or incomplete. Like I said, 2 shooters were included with our package, so I didn’t have to consider the pros and cons beforehand, but I definitely think there would have been photos I wanted that I didn’t get with only 1 photographer.

Post # 3
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Not married yet, but for a wedding that size, I would get a 2nd shooter if it’s in the budget. I’m a budding photographer, so obviously that’s my vote haha, but pp got it all correct. It’s really just a good way to guarantee you won’t miss anything. 

I shot a wedding where the first dance area had a balcony above. I kept dashing up and down throught the 2.5 minute song. I still managed to get lke 100 shots of the first dance, so while it was fine without a 2nd shooter, it would have been super helpful to have one.

Post # 4
3587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Personally I don’t need EVERY SINGLE MOMENT captured and my photographer is used to doing whole weddings herself. I don’t really feel it’s necessary (after all it’s a fairly new thing to have multiple photographers). But totally up to you of course! A lot of people swear by them. 

Post # 5
5360 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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yogabride2be2018 :  It depends on what’s important to you. We had 169 people at the wedding, including children. We opted for a second shooter because we wanted a lot of coverage… and boy did we get it. We have candid pictures of just about every guest. We have tons of pictures of things happening that we weren’t aware of. Some of the stuff happened when we weren’t even in the room, because the main photog was taking formals of us while the second was in the reception room. I also really appreciated having pictures from my husband & his guys getting ready while I was doing the same across town. 

During the ceremony was also another time I was really grateful for that second shooter. He stayed closer, to the sides, and got a lot of close-up pictures of us and the wedding party, all the cute looks we shared, my sister trying not to cry, the groomsmen looking all proud…. while she stayed further back and got great longshots of the whole view behind us, all the guests, and some close ups of guests crying and smiling doing the ceremony. It was great. 

So overall, especially with a 100+ guest list, I’d recommend a second shooter if you can afford it. 

Post # 6
2050 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We had two photographers, the second was included so we didn’t have to consider whether paying for an additional photographer. The photographers that we used were a married couple and they each had their own style. So Mr liked to focus on the technical aspects. Mrs liked to focus on the details more. I probably wouldn’t have picked a second photographer if it wasn’t included because to be honest it wouldn’t have been worth the extra cost, even though I love photos from both our photographers.

Work out what your current photographers style is. Does that cover what you want? Have a look at some weddings they’ve done with a second shooter, what does that add to the photos? Do they add a different style or just more photos? Do they work well with the second shooter? Do the photos compliment each other or are you going to have two very distinct styles? 

Post # 7
1253 posts
Bumble bee

if you can swing it, I’d say do it! 

Post # 8
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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yogabride2be2018 :  Yes. worth it. Although, our was included in the package we picked. As others stated, it was easier to have the guys and ladies taking pictures at the same time. ALSO, we did a first look… so 1 shooter was on me, the other on my husband. <3 Each of our reactions were caught on camera.

Just remember, both of your photographers are included in your guest count. Both get a place to sit at a table, you must feed them. They must be given time to eat as well, I requested no photos of people eating. I wanted my photographers to take a break and fuel up, they were with us for 9 hours.

Post # 9
2260 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think it depends how much extra it would cost.  We had a second shooter- that was just included in our package.   We only had 50 guests, but we really liked having the second photographer.  (And I wouldn’t have thought to get a 2nd one).  We got different angles of the ceremony and walking up/down the aisle, and the 2nd shooter got great pictures of our rececption decor and guests while we were off with the main shooter for 20 min or so between the ceremony and recpetion.

Post # 11
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Ger a 2nd shooter! You get a lot more variety of shots. We had getting ready photos and I’m not sure how we could’ve with just 1 photographer. But I love pictures and this was a very nonnegotiable point of ours.

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