A lot of times they reach out to their experienced married friends or a wedding planner for advice which is great, but let’s not forget that every wedding is different.
A lot of times when couples inquire about the wedding packages they already know how many photographers they will need, sometimes it’s based on their budget or on higher/smaller guest count, but there is much more logistic to the wedding photography than that.
For the first few years as a wedding photographer I covered weddings alone. Some weddings were harder than others, but eventually it taught me how to photograph officially and quick, so I’m definitely comfortable photographing large events on my own, but sometimes it was just impossible to be in two places at the same time.
I’m not gonna list pros and cons of having two photographers because the only cons is a little higher cost. What I’m gonna do is list you reasons why you might want to hire two photographers and scenarios when having one is just enough.
Should I hire two photographers for my wedding?
– Getting ready–
Bride’s getting ready photos take much longer that groom’s. Even if we are photographing just the last stages of putting on make up and getting hair done, there are still all the pretty little things that brides like to have photographed (like dress, shoes, jewelry, etc), candid moments while getting ready, toasting, or photos in a bathrobes…… What about the groom? He is not having any less fun time than girls. Fixing every piece of their hair in front of the mirror for 20 min, Ironing shirts… by the way this might be the only proof of them ever doing it! Trying to figure out with his closest 5 friends how to tie a bowtie using youtube failing tremendously. If you are not into all the silly stuff you would definitely enjoy the JCrew style photos while putting on the suit and cufflinks.
With two photographers:
– Bride and Groom can get ready at two different locations, and I’m not saying a different hotel room, I mean getting ready at home at least for one of them.
– Groomsmen can get ready at the same time as Bridesmaids instead of guys waiting their turn to get ready so they can be photographed
– Time reserved for getting ready photos is closer to hour and a half instead of two and half so the one photographer get cover both locations.
– Extra set of eyes during the ceremony –
While all eyes are set on you, having two photographers allows capturing the emotions of your guests that you would never see, all those smiles, tears and holding hands. Primary photographer can do both, but their main focus will always gonna be on the couple.
– Uncle with a camera – With a rise of amateur photographers almost every wedding has one person who is acting like they are gonna build their wedding portfolio on your big day photographing everything and everyone. Sometimes they are so focused on their photos that they will walk in/jump in into professional photographers frame and ruin the photo that a couple is paying a lot of money for. With two photographers chances of that happening to both photographers are super slim.
– Decorations and Cocktail Hour – Couples put a lot of work into making their wedding look as beautiful as possible, and they would like to have photos of all the things they spend their money on. Since most of the time reception decor is finalized during cocktail hour while primary photographer is busy photographing family, wedding party, bride and groom sunset photos he/she doesn’t have much time to photograph the decor before all your guests are invited inside. If you have two photographers, one of them could photograph the decor plus your guests enjoying the cocktail hour. Let me add that candid moments from cocktail hour are my favorite ones. People are catching up with their favorite people, without the food plates
around them, most of the time in a natural daytime light.