(Closed) Would you add a 2nd shooter?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What would you do?

    Stay with just 1 photographer

    Add a second shooter, going even more out of budget

    Look for someone new

  • Post # 3
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    We only paid for one shooter, but our photographer brought an assistant anyway. No compaints there! It was helpful, but not necessary. The one photographer, if he really does know what he’s doing (and it sounds like he does) can handle it. Since it doesn’t fit your budget, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Post # 4
    779 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I say pinch the rest of your budget and splurge on your wedding photographer. After the day is done, all you’ll have are the pictures. You deserve to have every moment captured! Seriously, maybe pinch of a few other areas, and get the photog you love, and the second shooter. But don’t go out of budget! It’s a slippery slope!

    Post # 6
    6432 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would probably stick with just the one: but only because he’s said he prefers to work alone. In general, I’d say to go for two, as I think it’s nice to get the same shots from different angles, to have photos of the groom getting reading as well as the bride. etc. We’ll also be using our second shooter as a ‘mock photobooth’ for our evening reception. But, if you love the one you’ve seen, and he doesn’t like working with others, I’d just go with the one.

    Post # 8
    186 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We splurged and not only hired a photographer that was originally more than we budgeted – but a few months before the wedding we added a second shooter (for an additional $1,000).

    My husband and I agreed that we wanted two different perspectives of the day. There are some moments that you can’t grab at the same time (example: the bride walking down the asile and the groom watching her) — having two people there means more photos. 

    If it’s worth it to you, then do it. 

    We were thrilled with our photographer – he was great on the day of and everyone agreed he was super nice and easy to work with – and we loved having the second shooter there, he was equally as awesome and fun to hang out with all day. We love the pro previews and know that the second shooter was responsible for some of them! We haven’t received all of our photos back yet – but I really can’t imagine being disappointed or regretting our decision!!



    ETA: By the way, we did not have a videographer! So that made the decision that much easier for us. I could see why having a videographer might make you feel that a second shooter is unnecessary. 

    Post # 9
    149 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Defff go for the second shooter it will give you more angles since you’re photographer obviously can’t be in two places at once. For ex as your walking down the aican’t being able to get the look on both your faces at same time.  And 400 is super cheap.. U dont wven want to kno what it cost us!!We had a videographer w two camermen, a photographer and she brought 2 assistants lol sounds a little cray but our pics turned out amazing !!

    Post # 10
    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Having two photographers is always great, we found a wedding photographer that offered two.


    1. both will be in two different locations getting different angels of a particular scene.

    2. getting ready, one will be shooting the girls while the other shoots the guys.

    3. reception, one can focus on the main dance floor, while other walks around getting everyone else not on the dance floor.

    4. slightly different styles. one is to shoot for detail while the other shoots fun, funky, and in the moment.

    5. less chance of missing out on anything that happend that day/night.

    Post # 11
    1626 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I highly recommend two shooters.  Things would have been missed without two people.

    Post # 12
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    One shooter will do just fine.  Add another and they may be tripping over each other (and the videographer).  We had one shooter and a videographer and it was great.  We got 1300 editted photos.  If they know what they are doing, you only need one.

    Post # 13
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I don’t think a second shooter is necessary, but it’s nice.  We shaved off two hours of coverage (had them start near the end of getting ready and leave an hour before the reception ended) in order to fit the 2nd into our budget, which was fine – still got all the shots we wanted.  But my friends who only had one photographer have also been happy with getting all the pictures they wanted.

    You could probably also wait until closer to the day and see how you are on the budget before deciding.

    Post # 14
    908 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it depends on how big your wedding is, and the set-up of your venue, etc.

    Post # 15
    1853 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I ordered a second shooter for my 50 person wedding.

    I have one main photographer, a main videographer, and another photographer for 12 hours. I went a little overboard, to be honest. 

    ETA, just to make myself sound a little less nutty:

    My main photographer and videographer are husband and wife. I have been friends with my main photographer for 11 years. I really want her to actually “see” and attend parts of the wedding. I want her to sit down and have dinner with me! The extra photographer, who is equally talented, makes this possible.

    Post # 16
    11163 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Our photographer brought a second person to get images when he was busy with us. I am very grateful for having two perspectives and I love the photos. I would definitely book a second person if your original photographer normally flies solo without an assistant at the very least..

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