Post # 1
Okay, so I did another post about our inability to choose between two different photographers but this is kind of a separate questions. Did you or are you planning on having two photographers at your wedding? Why or why not?
We’re trying to decide whether it’s worth it to pay the extra money for a 2nd photographer. Just want to see what other brides think.
Post # 3
We are definitely having a second shooter at the wedding. Mainly be cause we want the following shots:
1) Bridal Party Getting Ready
2) Groomsmen & Fiance Getting Ready
3) Me walking down the Aisle
4) FI’s expression as I’m walking towards him
5) Bridal party on a boat from the boat
6) Bridal party on a boat from the shore
Some of these are not possible with just one photog.
Post # 4
We did have a second photographer. At first I didn’t really care either way, but as the wedding day got closer I was so happy that we had a 2nd photog. She stayed w/ the guys while they were getting ready and got some amazing shots. Also, we got twice as many photos because the photographers were able to be on seperate sides of the room and shooting a bunch of different things. I was really grateful that we got to see everything that was going on, instead of just what one photographer is able to capture. It was definitely money well spent.
ETA: Our second shooter works closely w/ our main photographer (D). D left the option open to hire the second shooter, but we didn’t have to. We didn’t hire two seperate companies or anything.
Post # 5
We have a larger guest list and also want to make sure all of the shots are covered.
We also have a photobooth and will have a third person manning that as well.
Photography was my number 1 priority so that was our big splurge to get exactly who I wanted with all the bells and whistles (the 2nd shooter and the photobooth).
Post # 6
We are having two shooters, but they work together. Our contract specifically states that other than the two of them, we are not to hire any other professional photographers, so if you are thinking of hiring two entirely seperate photographers rather than one company with two shooters, you might want to check and see if it’s OK with everyone.
Post # 7
There’s a difference between having two photographers & two shooters at your wedding. When a photographer says they have a 2nd shooter, that can mean they have some local student photographer who is learning OR it can be a co-photographer who is nearly a pro photographer & knows their stuff.
If you hire two seperate photographers, make sure its ok with both of them that there is another pro photographer there. Some photographers put “no other pro photography allowed” in their contract, so if you do hire a 2nd photographer seperately, that can void your contract.
Post # 8
I personally have been a 2nd shooter at a wedding recently. I must say even as the 2nd shooter I felt like I did waaay more work than I thought would go down and I thought it was totally invaluable. Besides just getting extra shots of things that 1 person cannot get – different angles, perspectives, moments when their switching lenses etc I felt like logistically I was helpful. The main shooter (DH) cannot possible take beautiful photos and logistically arrange everyone with 10 million things going on. This is most important during group shots and things like speaches/bouquet toss. During group shots – you can get away with 1 photographer only if you have a DOC. This was my experience:
Without a DOC, a 2nd shooter does their job – keeps everyone on time, keeps people in line & attentive, ready for their shot, gets families coordinated, helps choose photo locations, arranges faces & accessoriess (bouquets, ties, kids etc). They carry gear, blankets, props etc. They adjust lighting for the shooter, have inspiration photo ideas on the tip of their tongue. They often tell people when to enter if coordinating with their main photographer and deals with other vendors – caterers and DJ when it comes to them interfeering with shots. If something of the DJ’s, caterer or venue’s gets in a way of a shot or needs to be attended to – the 2nd shooter can do this. Questions from guests get filtered through the 2nd shooter since the first will always look busy behind the camera. They can get food/water/essentials for the main shooter when busy. They transfer files if needed between cameras/cards or computers. They are the first to arrive and last to leave.
Again this was my experience and may not be typical.
Post # 9
Just for clarification, the 2nd photographer would be through the photographer we think we’re going with. He charges extra and gets a 2nd shooter to work with him.
Post # 10
We had a husband/wife duo photograph our wedding.. I’m really glad there were two of them to capture special moments from different angles.
Post # 11
We’re doing only 1. A second shooter is hundreds more and I’m not really that particualar about having both bride and groom getting ready shots. Also my aisle is long enough that she can get a frontal view of me and then the groom and me from behind without going insane. (I’m curving around in an outdoor ceremony)
I can’t think of any time where it would be absolutely necessary and where I would be disappointed that she didn’t get the same moment from multiple angles, as long as her first angle is reasonably good.
Post # 12
We had a husband and wife duo as well. We hired the wife and it just happened to be that her 2nd shooter is her husband. The angles that they each got were awesome. I can’t wait for our first look photos back, knowing that every angle was seen through a lens! Secondly, the 2nd shooter moved all around our venue during the ceremony and the other sat still. So we have overhead shots at up close shots and shots from all sides. They are awesome!
Post # 13
I’m only having one. I would rather spend my money on one great photographer than hiring a mediocre photographer with a second shooter for same price. Just depends on your situation though.
Post # 14
We’re having two photographers. Ours are a husband and wife team, and they have been shooting together for 8 years (each shooting individually before that). Photography was # 1 on my list, because that is what lasts after your big day. I like two photographers because they can capture so much more of the moment. They can capture me walking down the aisle and my fiance’s expression when he sees me. Same thing, during toasts, one can capture the toast and the other can capture our reactions. It helps if they have worked together before.
Post # 15
As others have mentioned, having two photographers can help you get alot for your money. You can split them up (bride getting ready/groom getting ready), getting special once-in-a-lifetime shots from two different angles (you walking down the aisle, the look on his face) and get around and about to all the different sights (guests dancing, you dancing, etc).
We knew from the start that we wanted two photographers. We only interviewed those that were a duo – in the end we chose a husband and wife team!