Katie
Devoted August 2019

2Nd Photographer? Help

Katie, on June 4, 2019 at 12:34 PM Posted in Planning 0 21
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Hi all. My photographer emailed me this morning and suggested that a 2nd photographer may not be necessary (we did book for this roughly 1 year ago). She has a TON of experience at our venue already and stated that most of the shots they get are the same anyway. She suggested maybe we do away with the second photographer and have her for longer, add an album, or otherwise put our money elsewhere.

I've read through some of the forums here and many people have said they were going with two photographers. Did anyone go with one and find they still got all the shots they wanted? Really I'm just thinking about wanting different perspectives for the ceremony photographs. What's your vote? Do away with 2nd photographer altogether? Maybe get them for just a couple hours with a 2nd shooter and put extra money towards more time?

73 days out! Excited for when I don't have to make decisions about this party anymore!! Lol

21 Comments

  • Kelly
    Master October 2018
    Kelly ·
    I personally loved having both of our reactions as I’m walking down the aisle and during the first look. I also love that their are pictures of me saying my vows while also a shot of my dad crying in the crowd at the same time. It was also a time saver because one could take detail shots of my stuff while the other took pictures of the guys getting ready. So for me a second shooter was necessary but if you’re having a smaller wedding or capturing simultaneous reactions isn’t as important to you one is fine.
  • Katie
    Devoted August 2019
    Katie ·
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    That's what I want, too...and we're expecting around 135 guests, so I wouldn't necessarily call it small even though it's not huge. Did you keep the 2nd shooter throughout the reception, too, Kelly?
  • Kristen
    VIP April 2020
    Kristen ·
    We have a guest list of 150 and we are having two photographers. We also aren’t doing a first look so before the ceremony, one will be with me and one with FH. Having two will help portraits be faster after the ceremony as well
  • Kelly
    Master October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    I believe the second shooter stayed thru dancing, I can’t remember though haha. Our photographer also brought an assistant but that was because she shot film as well as digital, so we had 3 total people but only 2 shooting.
  • C
    VIP January 2019
    Cassidy ·
    I also think you should stick with the 2 shooters.
    Some of my favorite shots came from my second shooter.
    We were able to get pictures of both of us as i started my walk down the isle, different perspectives of the first dance and some poses pictures.
    I would feel a little put off if my photographer basically told me they were “good enough” that I didn’t need two shooters.
  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal Online ·

    Daughter had a second shooter (for both photography and videography) and was VERY glad. They have multiple perspectives of so many things throughout the day. As mentioned, some of the most important were getting the two perspectives of their faces during first look, first look with dad, the processional, the ceremony/vows/rings, etc. One amazing example of the advantage that daughter never would have expected was during the ceremony. The primary photographer had been at the back of the ceremony site (usually shooting with a telephoto lens so it looked like the photos were taken from right next to the B&G) and the second shooter was at the altar (shooting from the side or over the G's shoulder). Once the ceremony was well underway, the primary sprinted up the stairs in the venue and got the most amazing shots of the entire outdoor ceremony, framed through the beautiful windows of the upper floor of the venue building. He then sprinted back down, and between the two of them, they got seamless coverage of the ceremony through the recessional. Photographer, who has shot 400+ weddings, claims that shot from the window above is one of the best ceremony photos he's ever taken.... There's no way he would have shot that picture if his was the only camera. Also, one photographer was able to be with the women and the other with the guys at various times before the ceremony, and while the primary was doing TONS of prewedding shots with the bridal party, the secondary was able to take care of all the background shots of the venue, rings, flowers, decor, etc. During the cocktail hour, primary was doing amazing bridal party shots and the secondary was getting guest shots at cocktail hour. I believe the secondary left after cake cutting around 8, and the primary remained until the end of the night. Daughter is VERY glad she had two shooters. If you can afford it, and have confidence that yours are a good team (they should not both be getting the exact same shots...), then I'd keep two.

  • Soon2Bmrsp
    VIP May 2019
    Soon2Bmrsp ·

    Its been 3 weeks for me and by having 2 photographers, we were able to have 1 with the bride, 1 with the groom so that helped timewise then we hope that they were able to capture different shots and then at the reception they were able to walk around separately and capture different things as well. It's really up to you and depends on how many pictures that you want but I will say develop a list of pictures, that's the one thing that I didnt do and I feel like I may have missed out on some photos that I wanted at the venue that I cant go back and get now

  • E
    Dedicated July 2020
    Emily ·
    I would definitely stick with two. Maybe they can leave once all the important things take place during the reception and people are just dancing but it’s been recommended to me by so many people to have two if possible.
  • B
    Super July 2018
    Brittany ·

    My husband and I decided to add a second photographer for the first half of the package to save money but still get more shots. Honestly, I regret it. We choose our main photographer and really liked him but since we added the second one later on we didn't get to choose the person. Unfortunately she was terribly rude, and really didn't serve the purpose I wanted her to. I thought that having 2 could save time because one could take pictures of the guys and one could take pictures of the girls before hand and it went like that for a bit but then the second photographer that started with the guys came to my room and it was so overwhelming. The first photographer was doing great, getting the before shots I wanted, everything was calm and organized and then the second comes in and was pushy and rude. She took a photo of the flower girl changing (she put her dress over her clothes and took her clothes off underneath so she wasn't naked but still that's messed up) I had to basically scream at her to leave when I wanted to get dressed. She freaked out when my mom had to use the bathroom and wasn't there at the exact moment she wanted to take the picture. Then during cocktail hour (we didn't do a first look) she just took pictures at the same time as our main photographer which was pointless. Our main photographer was awesome, it would have been way better if we just had him.

  • Pattie
    Devoted June 2020
    Pattie ·

    I think a second photographer is great for the actual ceremony. I want to get reaction shots from both sides, one of behind the bride focusing on the groom and guests, and one of the bride.


    I think it will also be great to get a second photographer for cocktail hour to get all of the family photos I want! Its so rare to get everyone together, I want professional shots of everyone and don't want to dip too much into the scheduled events.


    I wont be having the second shooter into later into the evening but for sure through cocktail hour.

  • Nemo
    VIP August 2018
    Nemo ·

    We had two, but I felt it wasn't what I thought it would be. Our photographers worked more as a unit than as two separate individuals (not bad, but just different than anticipated). It was nice for the ceremony pictures, particularly the processional and the first look, but other than that it wasn't super necessary. I would probably do the second shooter for before the ceremony and the ceremony and then just keep the main photographer for the cocktail hour and reception.

  • Victoria
    VIP October 2018
    Victoria ·
    I would stick with two as well. We only had the one, and we did get the shots we wanted just from her, but I think if we'd had had a second shooter we might have gotten more candids of when we were setting up for posed shots and such. Not having the second shooter isn't a regret of mine, I just think it would've been nice to have.
  • Katie
    Devoted August 2019
    Katie ·
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    Thank you. This is probably what we will end up doing. Will explain first that we're looking for different perspectives for the ceremony and see what she comes back with. Thank you for your input!
  • Katie
    Devoted August 2019
    Katie ·
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    That's great advice, I think we will come up with a "must have" list for photos.
  • Soon2Bmrsp
    VIP May 2019
    Soon2Bmrsp ·
    Yes,im hoping that they captured everything
  • Katie
    Devoted August 2019
    Katie ·
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    I'm not put off because my photographer has worked at my venue dozens of times. So many that the entryway is basically a gallery of her photographs. All of my other vendors know and adore her. The coordinator at my venue recommended her for family members. Its sounding to me like I just need to make sure to give the information that have multiple perspectives from the ceremony is important to me and FH and work it out from there. Thanks for sharing your experience!!
  • Katie
    Devoted August 2019
    Katie ·
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    Oh no! I'm sorry to hear your experience with a second shooter was not good. That is certainly disappointing and I hope you left your feedback to your main photographer.
  • Katie
    Devoted August 2019
    Katie ·
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    I didnt even think of candids during set up. Maybe I will prioritize a couple hours with a second..thank you!
  • M
    Savvy June 2023
    May ·

    Professional planner here-

    Talk with your photographer and tell her your concerns. Nothing beats good communication. If you want to make sure both of your expressions are captured one photographer can absolutely do that. Trust the professional you hired to make the call for your wedding day. Tell them what you want and they will make it happen.

  • Ruby
    Dedicated October 2019
    Ruby ·

    A second photographer for me is a MUST! Especially while we're getting ready one for guys one for girls. while we're doing portraits, the other is at cocktail hour etc

    Maybe she has a photography colleague she would be able to get work with her on that day

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