HELP & ADVICE: SHOULD YOU HAVE ONE OR TWO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS?
ONE OR TWO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS?
How exciting is it that you’re planning for your big day and thinking about your wedding photography! As you look around at wedding photographers websites and packages, in many cases you may find that you can choose whether you want to have one or two wedding photographers. For example, a solo wedding photographer, usually working on their own, but if you wanted, you could choose to have an assistant photographer as well, making two photographers at your wedding. Deciding whether to have one or two wedding photographers can be difficult if you don’t really know what the advantages and disadvantages are, so I hope this blog post helps you to make an informed decision for you and your wedding.
The advantages of having two wedding photographers are:
You get two perspectives on everything. This is particularly nice during the wedding ceremony, as you can potentially have one photographer at the front and one at the back of the church/venue for double the coverage. Also as photographers often can not move during a ceremony we may only be able to capture one of you when facing each other unless we have 2 photographers either side so nothing is missed.
You can have groom prep covered as well as bridal prep, as your photographers will be able to be in two places at once!
You’ll get more candid shots of your guests during the reception, as the second shooter will be able to capture additional natural shots while the primary shooter is doing the family formals and your bride & groom photos.
A 2nd photographer can also back up as an assistant during important photo stages, this means capturing the group photos much quicker as they will help with organising the groups, holding flashes for fine art portraits and capturing other group photos whilst main photographer is capturing group or newlywed portraits.
We at Petrie’s Photography only offer a 2 man team due to the above factors, we understand what is needed to capture you day and as good as we maybe on our own, we are not superheros and thus a 2nd shooter is a massive help making your memories live forever.
The disadvantages of having two wedding photographers are:
You will have two people with cameras pointing at you (and more if you have videographers). This doesn’t have to be a problem, and I always like to be unnoticeable anyway, but if you don’t like having your photo taken you might be more sensitive to it.
Your guests might be more likely to be aware of the cameras. This might be especially true if you don’t have very many guests, or if you have a small venue, as there are less ways for us to remain invisible! But it is always our aim to remain discreet and not bother your guests if at all possible.
A second photographer may mean an additional cost on your photography budget. You would need to decide whether a second photographer is going to give you plenty of added value.
As a photographer, I am always very happy working on my own if required, you might want to consider having a second shooter if you have a lot of guests, so that we can get more candid shots of them all enjoying your wedding day.
Having said this, there are times when I would recommend that couples choose to have a second photographer as well. The occasions when I would recommend having two wedding photographers are as follows:
The bride is getting ready a very long way from the ceremony location, There for a 2nd photographer can be at the ceremony to capture people arriving, or to assist during bridal prep to speed the process up so we can get to the ceremony with plenty of time to spare.
The groom is getting ready in a different location from the bride and you would like groom prep photos. (or same sex couples Groom & Groom or Bride and Bride)
You have a large number of guests, Helps with organising the group photos and more candid photos.
You have a lot of group photographs you need to do (more than 8), as stated before, a 2nd photographer can help organise the groups into position or take other group photos at the same time.
You have a shorter reception time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast (less than 1.5 hours).
My assistant photographer is specially chosen because they work well with me, have a high level of photography skill due to training through myself, and shoot in a similar style to myself, so you can be confident that you are getting an excellent second shooter.
I hope that this is useful to you! If you would like any more help and advice about anything to do with the wedding, please do not hesitate in get in touch and I would be very happy to chat with you, looking at your specific wedding day plans.