(Closed) Second Shooter?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

We had a 2nd shooter for 6 hours and our main photog for 10 hours.  So they only overlapped for the 6 hours.  I’m glad we had it because the guys got ready at a different location and so it was nice to have someone in 2 different locations.  If you’re only going to have one shooter, just make sure you’re in a location that allows the photog to get back and forth between the two getting ready spots.  In my opinion, that’s when it’s the most necessary.  It’s nice to have double the images for formals and ceremony, but I think one photog is fine for that as well.

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

If it was in the budget I would have loved to hire a second shooter… but we had a relatively low budget for photography (2k) and to me… I would rather have the BEST one photographer that we can afford vs. two mediocre photogs. I am all about quality over quantity in photography

Post # 5
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Our photographers are a married couple, so a second shooter is part of the deal with them. The fact that we wouldn’t have to pay extra for two shooters is one of the reasons why we chose them, and I’m very glad we did. Not only was it invaluable to have one photographer with the guys while the other was with me while we were getting ready, but as I’m looking at the photos I’m so happy to have so many special moments shot from multiple angles. The ceremony is, of course, a huge time to have two shooters – it makes me so happy to be able to see photos of my husband looking at me, and also of me walking down the aisle.

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had a 2nd shooter for our wedding and I was SO happy we did it. It was $360 for the second shooter and I feel that it was worth the money. The first reason is because we did not have a first look. Having 2 shooters allowed for 1 to be with the guys while they got ready and 1 to be with us while we got ready. It reduced my stress level by A LOT. It was also nice to have the same shots but from different angles or even totally different shots because each photographer is unique. I say if it is in your budget – DO IT! There was always someone around to capture a moment and I loved that!


Post # 7
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like littlestbirds, our photographers are a soon to be married couple and two photographers was part of their package, which was part of the reason we went with them. Two for the price of one so to speak. I’m excited there are two of them. Even from our e-pics I can see how they will be able to do more as two…there are a lot of different angles and cute details I feel might have been missed if there had only been one of them.

Post # 8
20 posts

Having two photographers is helpful, you can have one photograph the bride, bridesmaids and bride with her family, and the other photographing the groom’s side at the same time.  As said above its great if you want getting ready shots of the guys too and it can help formals after the ceremony go a lot faster leaving more time for you and your husband.

Post # 9
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am very glad we had a second shooter. For us it allowed one shooter to constantly be taking pictures and there was someone else to not only capture different angles but to fix my dress and pose us. I just felt like our pictures came out so much better because of it.

Post # 10
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a second shooter, they were a husband and wife team. I am thrilled that we did. It is hard for one person to get everything and be in more than one place at the same time.

Post # 11
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a team of two lead photographers and an assistant for lighting and while we haven’t had our wedding yet, the engagement pictures turned out great. It helps to have people at different angles, capturing different moments and I know it’s a complete bonus and not many photographers offer it, having the assistant really helped with creating some awesome lighting effects 🙂 So I would definitely recommend having more than one person if its in the budget!

Post # 12
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We totally wanted a second shooter (and also a second videographer). Since there are things that must happen only once, we wanted the ability to have different views at the same time. For example, vows – shots of his face and my face.

To add our second shooter, I actually don’t think it was much more. However, overall, we are paying $3000 for photography and $2000 for videography. 

Post # 13
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

If we had the money, we would hire a second photographer, but we can’t afford it. My Fiance aunt does photography on the side so she will take the pics of the groom and groomsmen getting ready. But I think we will be ok with one photographer, crossing my fingers.

Post # 14
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Luckily our photographer always shoots with a second shooter, so we’re not technically paying extra (although I am sure it’s built into her cost!).

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