A question couples frequently ask when planning their wedding is whether or not to have two wedding photographers. For some photography studios it’s the only way they’ll work, while other photographers offer it as an add-on or part of a package. So how should you decide? There’s lots of factors that contribute to this decision and for some it’s purely a personal preference. But for those who are clueless, check out some guidelines below.
When You Need Two
+ Large Weddings – Weddings with a guest count above 200 people is a lot of ground to cover. There is a lot more ground to cover, there are more guest photo requests (which can subtract from candid opportunities) and more of the little moments happening out of sight. Adding a second shooter helps make sure none of that gets left out from the overall picture of the day.
+ Multiple Locations & Distance – If there are distances between the day’s different events, having a second photographer helps when one person can’t be in two places at once. For example the groom is getting ready at a separate location and you want some coverage of him and the guys prepping. Travel often also eats up time photographers take advantage of to capture details like ceremony decor, table settings and guest cards before the guests enter the reception.
+ Overlapping Schedule – If you’ll miss cocktail hour for your group portraits then your photographer will too. For some couples that’s not a deal breaker, but others want coverage of the moments they’ll miss. If you have special details planned like lawn games, signature cocktails, or special entertainment a second photographer can capture these elements.
+ Other – crowd reactions, two views of the same moment, setting details, and posed shots of guests are some of the areas you’ll get extra coverage of with a second photographer
When One is Enough
+ Simplicity – Maybe all you want out of the day is just great wedding photos of the main events. By working with your photographer to plan the wedding schedule they won’t miss the big moments.
+ Scheduling a First Look – Opting for a First Look shifts your schedule around so that very little if anything overlaps.
+ Privacy – If you feel uncomfortable having a camera pointed at you, having two might double the tension. Photographers make a great effort to blend into the crowd, but with another person and another camera floating around it gets harder to be unobtrusive.
For other wedding planning tips to help in how to choose a wedding photographer, you can also check out these posts about wedding group portraits, picking a getting ready space, having a first look, and how to decide if you need an engagement session.
Stina Booth is a wedding photographer based in northern Vermont available to shoot weddings in Vermont and throughout New England. To inquire about your wedding reach out!