Second Wedding Photographer: The Myths Behind Hiring Two.
Recently I have been asked more and more about the benefits of hiring a second wedding photographer….I always interview my couples and we choose what is best for them based on this. So, from an experienced wedding photographer’s point of view, I thought I’d share a few tips and suggestions on the myths and the facts surrounding this popular topic.
- Should you hire a second wedding photographer?
- Will two photographers be a better investment?
- Is it necessary or just a trend?
As with any service there are pros and cons that need to be listed. To be fair, I am referring to a second wedding photographer with experience, talent and passion, not a family member or a student with a camera!
I give all my couples a a Wedding Timesheet in advance of the big day so that we can coordinate both the bride and the groom’s schedules. This will allow for one photographer to capture the ‘getting ready’ process and save on a second shooter. In the event that one photographer cannot reasonably cover both the bride and the groom getting ready in the morning, a second photographer can be arranged.
A SECOND SET OF EYES ON THE WEDDING DAY
A second photographer can see the day from a different perspective and capture reactions and emotions that can be a really nice addition to your images. Take note that this is only true if the primary and secondary shooters are working as a team! If not, then the results may not be worth the added investment. Having my team present means that we will have style consistency throughout the day.
As the primary photographer I am there to capture the must-have images. Having a second photographer is great for larger weddings (250+ people) because there are more people to be photographed and this leads to more variety in images and happier guests.
DOUBLE THE PHOTOS… sorry – NO!
Sorry! Hiring a second wedding photographer will not double the number of photos you receive. Regardless of the number of photographers present, your photographer will edit the images — removing the ones that are blurry, repeats, unflattering or were test shots. Although having a second photographer may increase the perspectives, but not double your pictures.
The best way for me to understand your wedding needs and make helpful suggestions is during a consultation meeting! Let’s connect and discuss details!
SECOND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. DO YOU REALLY NEED TWO?
“I can’t believe you captured all these angles. I didn’t even see you. You were like a photo ninja!”
Kathy + Graham