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Pros and cons of 2 wedding photographers

There are often differing opinions on this matter. Some insist that it is always good to have a second photographer, and some think one photographer is more than enough to cover everything.

Emerald Photo UK has been working in wedding photography for years, so there are questions that some of our clients often ask; this is one of them, so I thought I’d put together the essential points that you should decide on, and I hope that this will help a lot of future couples. To help them decide to hire one or two photographers for their wedding.

So let’s examine what aspects can be used to explore how many photographers for a wedding you need.

Pros of having second photographer

  1. You can capture a moment from different angles.
  2. You can mix several photography styles and art in one photo series.
  3. It would be helpful if you could capture the couple’s preparations in a different location.
  4. They can help with the wedding portrait session.
  5. The team has the opportunity to be in two places at the same time, so they don’t miss any crucial moments.
  6. Provides safety for backup
  7. They can give you more photos than what one photographer would give you.
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1. Capture a moment from different angles.

This is a perfect solution in the case, for example, when the location of the ceremony is a small space, where the photographer does not have the opportunity to take pictures from one side and then the other during the ceremony.

At the same time, it is also perfect if the leader of the ceremony, or even the priest in the church who joins the party, does not like movement during the ceremony itself. 

This is also a perfect solution since significant and small moments happen in a fraction of a minute, so if the bride or the groom have such a moment, they can often cover each other. Still, all this can be eliminated this way.

2. Mix several photography styles and art in one photo series.

In today’s world, it is often typical that couples do not stick to one style of photography but want to see a mix of documentary, traditional or even fine art lines in their wedding photo series. However, two wedding photographers following different types must mix two different photography styles.

3. It would be helpful if you would like to capture the couple’s preparations in a different location.

It often happens that the location of the wedding preparation takes place miles apart. For example, if they want to get ready at their parents’ house. Thus, having one photographer with the groom is more manageable if you have two photographers, while the other can photograph the bride getting ready. 

Another advantage can be if you have different genders of photographers as well. In this case, the preparation can be enhanced with genuinely unique images, as we can also capture truly intimate moments. I noticed that same-sex photographers make people open up more quickly in such a situation, and the people to be photographed adapt to it more easily and quickly.

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4. They can help with the wedding portrait session.

For example, a second photographer can greatly help in a wedding portrait session if you don’t have an assistant. You may want to take pictures where it is good to have help, even setting the light, holding accessories, or capturing the in-between moments. You don’t have the opportunity if you only have one photographer without an assistant.

5. The team has the opportunity to be in two places at the same time, so they don’t miss any crucial moments.

On the wedding day, it is not necessarily only during the preparation that two significant events happen simultaneously. Wedding programs vary throughout the day, as do other traditions in different cultures. It may also occur, for example, that in one corner of the venue, the parents are doing something memorable. We could capture the couple’s typical critical moment in the other corner.

Of course, it’s also good to be aware that there will never be enough people to capture everything and that, unfortunately, in many cases, even photographers miss out on stories.

6. Provides safety for backup

Security and ensuring that no data is lost are vital for a wedding series, as it is an event that cannot be repeated. For this purpose, a second photographer is a help, since whatever happens to the images of the principal photographer and a particular part is lost, or the files are damaged, even if the requested photographer has material to use.

7. They can give you more photos than what one photographer would give you.

Although I don’t believe that the quantity is essential from the point of view of a wedding photo series, for some clients, I know that it is vital that the submitted material includes several pictures taken from different angles. Also, in the already mentioned case, when, for example, the preparation takes place in two other locations, or there is a significant event that the customer wants to pay attention to, in that case, there will be more pictures in the delivered material.

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Cons for having second photographer

  1. If the team is not entirely used to it, they will get in each other’s way and miss important moments.
  2. If you want to capture the day from an artistic point of view, you probably won’t like the different visions of the two photographers.
  3. For smaller weddings, it will cause financial problems.
  4.  It would make your photo shoot too crowded if a videographer was also invited. It will be more difficult for you to dissolve in front of 3 or 4 cameras.
  5. Sometimes, it’s more about quantity and not quality.

1. If the team is not entirely used to it, they will get in each other’s way and miss important moments.

Of course, we have heard shocking stories everywhere. If we hire two wedding photographers, ensure they are a knowledgeable team who understand each other’s movements. This is also important since there are moments when it is impossible to call out the other person’s name, that something is happening, go there, but everything must be perfectly smooth. 

Also, if they get in each other’s way, they can cover up important moments that cannot be repeated.

2. If you want to capture the day from an artistic point of view, you probably won’t like the different visions of the two photographers.

Just as people like mixing photos with different styles and moods, people want the same line to echo in all the images. This is also important because when you want to find the perfect photographer, the photographer’s stylistic direction plays a decisive role. 

3. Smaller weddings will cause financial problems.

I recommend hiring two wedding photographers if the attending number of the quests is around 100-120 guests and above. In this case, if we need portraits of the participating guests, two photographers must take pictures of everyone or almost everyone.

If, on the other hand, we are organizing a smaller wedding with fewer guests, I would not necessarily feel that the presence of a second photographer is essential.

4. It would make your photo shoot too crowded if a videographer was also invited. It will be more difficult for you to dissolve in front of 3 or 4 cameras.

If you find it challenging to open up to others, especially in front of a camera, consider whether photos or videos are more important to you on your wedding day. After all, the videographer and the photographer/photographers must be able to work together. There are moments when they all need to take pictures of you from several directions. So, it would be best to consider how introverted you are for this.

5. Sometimes, it’s more about quantity and not quality.

Since many photographers are on the market, you should pay attention to the image they convey of you and your business when choosing your photographer. 

If you want a second photographer, ask the photographer you hired if they have this service and, if so, how much it costs. And if the price is right for you, ask the second photographer for reference pictures. If you receive their portfolio, you can decide whether the result will be just more pictures or give you more quality, aesthetics and in all aspects than hiring one photographer.

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Summary of what has been discussed

This is a critical question when a couple is planning their wedding since it does not matter how much we pay for each service. I would advise you to consider, as described, whether you want a second photographer or stick with hiring one wedding photographer.

Among the most important selection factors, I would classify how many guests will be present at the wedding, whether there will be a videographer, how many photos we want to receive, and how far away essential moments will be from each other.

Szalai Eszter, contact with the owner of Emerald Photo UK portrait

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