Post # 1
There are several schools of thought when it comes to hiring a second photographer for a wedding. First there is the idea that a single photographer can not capture everything happening in a day. I find this to be completely true and I don’t object to that reasoning, however, everything happening is not interesting enough to capture. While you do get more pictures, they may not all be interesting or worth the extra money you’ll have to shell out for the second photog. Secondly if you want an intimate affair, two photographers plus a videographer- or two won’t really fit into that plan. I’ve seen weddings where four people surround the bride and groom in a clumsy dance that distracts both the audience the officiant and the bride and groom from being able to truly enjoy the moment. Third, there is a matter of consistency, as most photographers have a particular style. As a photographer, I love having control over every image and making sure that I’m keeping a consistent narrative for the day. It’s very important to me to tell a story and having a single photographer ensures that the couple is comfortable. Of course this a personal decision for every bride and it should be thought out with care. I hope this helps anyone on the fence about springing for a second photographer.
Post # 3
@JhovanyQuiroz: Typically a second is a fraction of the price of the total package. A good average adder would be about 500ish. A good experienced wedding photographer doesn’t need a second, they are capable of covering the entire day and getting all the key shots. Where a second comes in handy is when you want a photographer to be in two places a once (like covering groom’s prep AND bride’s prep), or if you want another perspective of the images to give you more options to choose from in your finished album. Typically the lead gets up in the action and the second uses a longer lens and shoots more candid type shots.
Post # 4
@JhovanyQuiroz You also have to take in consideration husband and wife teams. My husband and I both bring a different set of strengths to the table though our style is very complementary to each other. I’m not a huge fan of the hover photogs either so make sure when selecting your photog/s you talk about about how they capture the day.
Post # 5
I am a wedding photographer, and i always use a second photographer at no extra cost to the B&G. i see it as helping me. but because he is there he can take different pictures, or the same picture from a different angle.
like in the church, i stand behind the pastor and take photographs from the front, my second stands at the back of the church and gets that same picture, but from behind.
usually when i am doing the group shots , he is walking around taking as-it-happens shots.
it is a good idea to have 2 , and we work extremely well together. we never get in each others way or each others shot, and both of us a very mindful not to be intrusive.
having him there is also good back up if my equipment fails. ok i have backup stuff, but if he sees me struggling with anything, like a dodgy flash one time, he just stepped in, took the picture and i sorted my flash out later.
there are lots of benefits to having a second tog, my second takes his time to walk around taking shots that i havent got time to take, if i am busy doing the group shots.
Post # 6
thanks everyone for helpiing complete the post and adding much perspective to it.I’m sure this will be much help to people still thinking about a second photographer.