Post # 1
i have two photographers that i LOVE.
jayme van geest & kara lodder.
both are fantastic, just my style, and well priced.
my question is, for about the same price, one offers a second shooter, the other offers an engagement album, wedding album, and two 8×10 prints. everything else is virtually the same.
would you recommend getting a second shooter and doing the albums myself? or forgoing the second shooter and not having to worry about them (well i’d still do parent albums).
Post # 3
I would definitely vote for the second shooter, because you can always get an album later, but you can never get the pictures from a second shooter later.
Just my two cents!
Post # 4
I would want to have the albums. But it also depends on how big your wedding is. If it is a huge wedding, then go with the second shooter.
Post # 5
Hmm. Tough one that!
We’ve planned on doing our own album, but after reading photog blogs I’m getting worried about paper quality, compared to the archival paper the photog would use. A second shooter makes a ‘Fauxto-booth’ very achievable.
I’d ask how much would your second photog there charge if you drop the engagement album and the two prints. Then, I suppose it prob doesn’t add up to a fortune either. I’d be inclined to go for the second shooter. You’d get so many more pics, and better variety of posed/snatched shots.
You can always Blurb the albums yourself, and maybe then a year or so after, when your finances have recovered from the wedding& honeymoon, order your heirloom album. That’s what I’m doing. The Blurb books are lovely, but I don’t know how it’d stand over time, compared to my parents 1971 album, which still looks great.
Of course, maybe the one offering the albums etc would agree to do a couple extra hours for a reasonable charge? Worth asking!
Post # 6
I vote 2nd shooter. I’m saying this as a photographer. I’ve done it both ways but I always get many more images that are usable having a 2nd shooter. With two people there, you have less of a chance of missing something. We’re only human and have to go to the restroom and the such too.
Post # 7
2nd shooter – you could always pay your photographer down the line to put together a book for you, or hire someone that does that, or do it yourself through a more professional site. you can’t rewind and get extra pix, though!
Post # 8
I say all the goodies. There are specific shots that I really want . . . the things that will go into the albumns and prints . . . one photographer can handle these – especially since I love her specific work already. The second photographer will only be good if I want lots of extra shots of guests, other directions, etc . . . Which I don’t. Weigh it out!
Post # 9
I would go with the album. We had a second shooter at our wedding but most of the images weren’t as good as our photographer’s and we don’t have many of them.
Post # 10
It depends on how important having the albums and the engagment pictures are to you and on your propensity toward completing big projects. If having the wedding album is really important to you, but you are not the type of person who embarks on big projects like making a wedding album, then you should get the package that includes the wedding album. If you don’t care about having a wedding album or figure you can always make one if you really want to, then go with the second shooter so that you’ll have the max number of great images.
Post # 11
I would take the 2nd shooter. Sometimes, having 2, especially if they are both good, means they can cover it from different perspectives. For instance, when you walk down the aisle, one can get the bride/groom, the other can get the reactions of the guests – same with the ceremony. A dance can be shot from multiple angles. Of course, one photographer can run around and get all those shots too, but it wouldn’t be as easy. You can always go back and get album later. You can’t recreate the day to get more photos.
Post # 12
I would and am also go for a second shooter. You can always get the albums later or do them yourself. I plan to put together our own album after the wedding and I will include our engagement pictures in it as well.