Do We Really Need a 2nd Photographer on Our Wedding Day?
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Simply put there is no right or wrong answer to this question mainly due to the fact that each couple will have a different opinion on what they want photographed at their wedding as well as how much money they are willing to spend.
There are pros and cons associated with whether or not you actually need a 2nd photographer at your wedding so let’s break it down in its simplest form.
– A 2nd photographer will be able to capture grooms preparations while the other photographer can capture bridal preparations. This can still be achieved with one photographer however it is important to make sure there is enough time allocated to travel between both the bride and groom getting ready locations if you want this covered.
– Multiple angles will be covered during the ceremony to help ensure any important moments are not missed. Please note having two photographers does not guarantee something will not be missed. I have been to weddings before as a guest where BOTH photographers have missed the first kiss!!! This also comes back to finding out the experience level of the photographer /photographers you are hiring.
– Having a 2nd photographer will cost you more since you now have to pay for another person to be at your wedding .
– A 2nd photographer can get shots of your guest mingling while the 1st photographer takes the bride and groom away for location photos.
– The 2nd photographer is not always as experienced as the 1st photographer so make sure you have seen a full wedding gallery to make sure the 2nd photographers skillset is up to scratch so you will not be disappointed after you receive your images. A 2nd photographer could be someone finishing university looking at getting some experience shooting weddings, they could be a friend of the photographer with no professional experience or they could be a qualified professional that has shot weddings for over 5 years. Don’t be afraid to ask.
– Having 2 photographers is not always better than one. Having one photographer will allow you to potentially feel more relaxed in front of the camera as having two photographers photographing you from every angle can be intimidating especially if you have not met the photographers before your wedding day .
– Look at a full wedding ! If you look at the images from a full wedding and can’t see anything you feel the photographer has missed then that should reassure you. Obviously the more experience a photographer has, the less likely it will be that they will miss a shot. Please keep in mind however that we are all human and accidents do happen. Getting to know the photographer/s and making sure you feel they are someone who would go above and beyond what is required to ensure your wedding day goes smoothly will be a key factor in your decision as to who you hire, so make sure you trust your gut!
Remember your wedding day is a celebration so have fun and enjoy the moment!
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