Do we really need a second photographer?
Do we really need a second photographer? I am asked this all the time and there are a few reasons why it’s always a great idea.
What do I know anyway?
I personally feel that having two photographers is a must considering the bride and groom can’t be in the same location at once to start the day.
I want to create your story in my photography and to be able to do this it’s so important to get pictures of everyone getting ready.
We need to consider that most weddings invite an average of 100 guests. So yes, I think a second photographer is a must if you don’t want anything left to chance.
Who is the second photographer and what experience do they have?
My second Photographer is my husband and I taught him to shoot in my style so the Photographs blend beautifully. Nicholas can get different angles as well as the all-important candid shots.
Nicholas has a vested interest in the business because its mine and a vested interest in getting what the couple want, because he is very keen to make them love what he creates in camera from their day.
Clearly we talk every wedding over in fine detail so we are both photographing what the couple wishes to cover and ensure nothing is left to chance or forgotten.
Nicholas has assisted me now for 7 years and covered many weddings.
Why do you need a second Photographer anyway?
In most cases, you’ll want a second photographer for a lot of practical reasons, and not just the reason outlined above (getting ready in two separate locations and a large number of guests).
We also need to think practically about the logistics of how to shoot the groom at the wedding location without seeing the bride. Not forgetting that we would need to leave enough time to capture the bride entering the church and walking down the aisle without being seen.
What sort of things do I need to capture in camera?
Think about it …… The Bride will want to walk down the aisle and see her fiancé’s reaction when he sees her for the first time in her beautiful dress and so do we.
We want to make it a Photographic memory for years to come.
You will want your vows captured as well as your parents’ reactions to be captured too.
You get the point …. multiple things happen simultaneously at weddings and they’re all worth capturing, from getting ready, to the ceremony, throwing confetti, reception drinks, and the evening reception.
So is a second photographer really worth the extra cost?
In My opinion, a second Photographer is definitely worth it, even with a smaller number of guests.
However, if your budget is the reason that you want to ditch the second Photographer, consider cutting down the amount of time that you actually need your photographer.
Most photographers understand this factor and will take all the necessary photos from the reception right away so that you can get on with the party. You can also invite your guests to download Tie the Knott , the private photo-sharing app that automatically aggregates everyone’s iPhone and Android snaps in real time. This removes the uploading and tagging separate camera problems as it does it all for you.