You can’t be in two places at once - and neither can your wedding photographer. So if you’re thinking to yourself, “Should I hire a second wedding photographer?” The answer is a resounding yes. Adding an associate photographer to your team of professionals will ensure you see your wedding day from every angle and perspective and it's our biggest recommendation for couples planning wedding photography. You’ll expand your coverage, so not a single moment is missed.
Here are our top three reasons why you should say “Yes” to hiring a second wedding photographer:
1. Multiple Perspectives
The need for a double shutterbug starts early in the day with wedding prep. A single wedding photographer simply cannot capture you prepping in the bridal suite and the groom getting ready with the guys.
Similarly, you don't want your photographer to miss your long-awaited walk down the aisle. But how can one wedding photographer simultaneously capture your groom’s reaction when he sees you walking toward him? Your second wedding photographer has coverage of your groom's reaction while your primary photographer has coverage of your stunning entrance.
Essentially, you get two perspectives of every moment - all the reactions, all the emotions and all the action your primary photographer won’t see.
2. Big Picture, Little Details
Your lead photographer is there to capture all the big moments - front and center. Your second wedding photographer has more flexibility to snap the sweet details that make up your day. Think of your associate photographer as the detail-minded sidekick to the superhero. The bride may be the primary focus, but the second photographer is all about the groom - from his face during your first look to his tearful reaction as you walk down the aisle.
The second photographer can also capture detail shots of your loved ones laughing, mingling and dancing. Candid shots of the wedding party are also key. They're also great at taking photos of reception details and decor while you're off being a busy bride and groom - perhaps while you are taking formal portraits with your primary photographer. All these little moments help tell a more photojournalistic story with a rich tapestry of character and emotion.
3. Peace of Mind (and Time)
Another bonus of having two wedding photographers is that you have double the equipment should something go wrong. Having a team of two photographers also allows you to space out your coverage timeline. You can stagger the photographers to arrive at different times so you end up with more coverage of your day.
A second wedding photographer also helps save time. Share your photography shot list with your talent team so they can divide and conquer. Think of your photography duo as capturing people versus places. You can designate one wedding photographer to shoot the ceremony and reception space while the other snaps guests mingling and more of the wedding party. Best of all, there’s no gap in your coverage with a team of two! When one photographer needs to break to eat, the other can be on duty and keep the film rolling.
If you don’t want to miss a thing, hire a second wedding photographer. The proof is in the pictures.