The question: Do I need two wedding photographers?…i.e., a lead photographer and a second photographer (from the same studio). The opinion on how important it is to have two photographers capturing your wedding can certainly vary. Can I make it with just one photographer? Sure you can. Indeed, weddings have been successfully photographed by a single photographer. But, just because you can do it, it doesn’t mean it is the best approach. Because while one photographer may indeed score great shots, even more and even greater shots would no doubt have occurred with a talented second photographer. Once in a while a solo shooter will tout an advantage of working alone is that “they know what was taken and what wasn’t”. Perhaps yes, when the second shooter isn’t the same at each wedding. But when your wedding photography team is consistent, wedding-after-wedding, as it is with Michaela & Conrad, there’s nothing but advantage-after-advantage with two pro shooters.
All Little Moments Wedding Photography Packages, as a standard feature, include two photographers. Besides the benefits of a team comprised of a man’s view and a woman’s view on things, duplicate equipment, a helping hand to keep family formals quick and smooth, and a soft touch to ease the sometimes uncertainty of couples knowing how to pose, two photographers are always better than one.
HERE ARE 3 REASONS WHY WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND A SECOND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER…
HAVING TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS ALLOWS US TO BE IN MORE THAN ONE PLACE AT THE SAME TIME.
On a wedding day, us photographers get pulled in many different directions. The bride might be getting ready in one hotel room while the groom is getting ready in another hotel room… on the other side of town! During the ceremony it’s wonderful to have two different views and perspectives of everything that happens. While I’m taking family photos, second shooter can go photograph all of those details you spent so much time choosing while your guests are still at cocktail hour. While I’m photographing the bride throwing her bouquet, my second shooter can focus on all the ladies diving for it. Who wouldn’t want both of those photos?
A SECOND SHOOTER PROVIDES A DIFFERENT STYLE, NEW INTERPRETATIONS AND A FRESH SET OF EYES THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
No two photographers are created equally. With a second photographer at your wedding, you really are getting the benefit of two different photographers. Twice the experience, twice the creativity, twice the number of photos… but everything coming from that second photographer is different than what you get from the first photographer only. They might use a different lens than I’d use or stand in a different place than I would or maybe just be able to get a real smile from that one nephew who’s just too cool to smile for me. It’s a huge benefit.
A SECOND SHOOTER PROVIDES BACKUP IN CASE SOMETHING GETS MISSED.
I’m not just talking about the kiss (although that’s a pretty big moment to have a little backup for). I’m talking about all of the moments that are constantly happening at weddings. Family members who haven’t seen each other in years sharing a laugh. Little kids being little kids. Ridiculous friends doing ridiculous things. Hugs. Smiles. Tears. They happen all night long. They can’t all be photographed, but with two photographers around, the odds are pretty good that the big ones won’t be missed.
I hope this helps you understand why we think having a second shooter is so important. If your wedding photographer works with a second shooter, ask if they know them and would trust them to shoot the wedding on their own. Odds are it will never be necessary, but you never know. If your wedding photographer doesn’t work with a second shooter, ask them why not. In my opinion, it’s just silly not to!
Need more proof? Here is few examples:
Here are two different views of a father walking his daughter down the aisle.
Capturing the same moment but each picture tells slightly different story. We are soooo in love with this flower girl 🙂
Two very different angles of the same scene…
And one more example, “battle of cufflinks”