Now before anyone asks, I already have a professional wedding photographer booked for my wedding. I just want to know what your opinions are in hiring a second photographer who doesn't have prior experience in shooting weddings. I know that my fiance and I don't NEED a second photographer when we already have a professional photographer and videographer hired for our wedding day, but me being a former art student, am all about helping fellow artists expand their portfolio.
My question is, has having a second photographer helped you in ways you didn't realize, and capture some parts of the wedding you don't get to see?
I ask this because the way we have our photographer currently scheduled, means we won't be getting any getting ready photos at all for our wedding day, and while it doesn't suck too much because we'll have our videographer be there for the getting ready portions, it does bother me that I won't get any photos of the whole getting ready process.
Anyway, I found this beginning photographer, who takes some real good maternity and family portraits, and she's willing to charge my fiancee and I $500 to shoot 6-7 hours of our wedding? Does this seem like a good option? Currently, we don't have that much room in our budget, but we may be able to squeeze it into our budget if I relay the candy table costs to members of the bridal party.
Edit: I have talked to my primary photographer and have looked at the contract, and they are fine with working with another photographer, and the contract does not state that I am not allowed to hire another photographer.