This is one of the biggest (and most important) questions asked when booking a wedding photographer. We totally understand why that question would be posed, and there are some totally valid pros & cons. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to have a second wedding photographer, let us be the gentle guiding force you need to make a decision.
This is probably obvious, but should be stated: your photographer can’t be in two places at once. Logistically, if you and your partner are getting ready in two different locations, it would be ideal to have one photographer in each location. This allows for optimal time spent getting the prep shots without having to worry about if there will be enough time to go to the second getting ready location; there’s a place for every person and every person is in their place.
It is not just ideal for the prep portion of the day, either. Throughout your wedding day, there will be lots of moving parts. Exciting things will be going on left and right, and with two photographers on the job, there will be no stone left unturned. Everything will be captured and then some.
Having two photographers present at your wedding day means lots of different perspectives, literally and figuratively. A second set of eyes will allow for every important detail to be captured in two unique ways.
Walking down the aisle shot? Check.
Giddy spouse-to-be at the end of the aisle shot? Check and check.
I trust you’ve heard the expression “less is more,” correct? Well, that doesn’t exactly apply here; more is definitely more.
Twice the photographers means twice the images. Okay, maybe not exactly double the amount you’d get with a solo shooter, but pretty darn close to it. This means more memories to share for years to come, more images of loved ones, and more time feeling reassured that every special moment was captured.
All great wedding photographers should be comfortable shooting natural candid moments as well as composed portraits, but not all great wedding photographers will be able to do it alone.
Think of the second photographer as a fly on the wall. During portrait sessions when the main shooter is getting all the super vogue portraits, the second shooter will be capturing all of the in-between moments. Or maybe there’s an interesting interaction happening between guests/members of the bridal party off camera.
The goal at the end of the day is to make sure every single moment is accounted for, and you’ll see that in the proofs.
In addition to the previous reasons, more couples wished they’d splurged on their photographer.
If you’re planning your wedding, you know just how much there is to think about, especially when it comes to making sure all things run smoothly while sticking to your budget. A recent survey done by Zola reveals some top wedding budget regrets (and you are now privy to that information to ensure your budget is regret-free), and it shows that nearly 1/4 of newlyweds regret not spending more on photographers & videographers.
In conclusion, your photos are the longest lasting memento from your wedding day — why not go all out?
If you’re hesitant to hire that second shooter based on budget restrictions – we totally get it. However, if you really want that second pair of eyes there to capture every moment, consider approaching your photographer and adjusting the total hours of wedding coverage you’ll need; this will make for some wiggle room in your budget and allow you to have that second photographer there with you.
When you’re planning your wedding day timeline, you can make sure all the important photo-worthy moments get done during the timeframe you’ve hired your photographers for.
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions regarding the technicalities of hiring a second shooter. We’re more than happy to answer any and all inquiries you may have so you can feel comfortable knowing your wedding day will be in the right hands.
We're Sava, a small studio of photographers who bonded over our similar educational background, love of art, & general affinity for timeless wedding photos. Based in NYC, will travel, will pick up your coffee order on the way.