Do I need a second photographer? | Wedding Planning

Do I need two photographers for my wedding?

Here to answer an increasingly asked question, "do you offer second photographer packages and do I really need one"? I shoot the majority of my weddings solo, and I am more than happy doing so. However I am often being asked if I offer a second shooter package for a variety of reasons and the answer is yes of course! I love adding a second photographer onto any of my wedding photography packages and there are so many benefits to doing so. After all, two sets of eyes on your wedding day is better than one right? So if you are wondering if you need to add a second photographer to your package read on.

These are my top reasons why I love it when couples add a second shooter:

Being in two places at once:

By having two of us, you have two eyes on every part of your day - wherever it is. Most of my weddings are spread across multiple venues, and whilst I wish time turners were a thing- they sadly aren't. Plus only Hermione Granger has the brains to make that work!  With two of us shooting in different places at the same time, we can get it all.

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 Groom (pub) prep shot by Charlotte of  Electric Blue Weddings,  who I shoot for a lot too!

Groom (pub) prep shot by Charlotte of Electric Blue Weddings, who I shoot for a lot too!

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 Groom prep shot from  Hannah K Photography.

Groom prep shot from Hannah K Photography.

Two sets of eyes on the same scene:

Multiple perspectives - yes please! Great for ceremonies - when I might have to stay in one position at the front, the second photographer can get another angle from the back. The same goes for other moments of your day – like speeches!

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 This shot isn't always possible, sometimes the groom doesn't look or people block the way - but oh boy it's fab when it happens! This shot is from  Chloe Lee Photography.

This shot isn't always possible, sometimes the groom doesn't look or people block the way - but oh boy it's fab when it happens! This shot is from Chloe Lee Photography.

  Chloe Lee  Photography shot this perspective whilst I dove in to document the catch as seen below.

Chloe Lee Photography shot this perspective whilst I dove in to document the catch as seen below.

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More time (sort of):

Although you won’t have gained extra hours by adding a second photographer we will be more likely to capture more of the things you really love as you'll have two of us covering it. Weddings can often have some time constraints, only so much is possible in a limited time frame. Two of us means our focus can be split from the super fun guest candids, group shots to getting the the table details and decor before everyone bursts through the doors for dinner. It all comes back to number 1, being in two places at the same time. Which also brings me to my next point.

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 Shot by  Chloe Lee  Photography whilst I finished off the group shots.

Shot by Chloe Lee Photography whilst I finished off the group shots.

Extra guest coverage = more photos of your faves:

Though it is near impossible to get a candid shot of every guest at a wedding, by having two of us you are going to be closer to it than not. And another point, one of my favourite things I hear from couples is 'OMG I DIDN'T KNOW THAT EVEN HAPPENED'. I love to spend my time searching out those totally fun and wonderful moments of your nearest and dearest celebrating and so do my second shooters. Two of us = more coverage, so double the OMG!

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 Two sets of eyes on the candids is my fave - especially in tight spaces where it's hard to slip around the room. This shot by Charlotte,  Electric Blue Weddings  whilst I had my eyes on the new born baby above.

Two sets of eyes on the candids is my fave - especially in tight spaces where it's hard to slip around the room. This shot by Charlotte, Electric Blue Weddings whilst I had my eyes on the new born baby above.

TWO IMAGINATIONS

One entire extra person bursting with creativity. A huge benefit of adding a second shooter to your wedding package is that it can often free up the main to photograph more creatively, experimenting with different compositions and techniques – to create really unique images, just for you, or indeed the other way around.  Where possible I love bringing my second shooters along to some of the couple portraits to get another creatives perspective on the same scene.

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 Shot by  Chloe Lee Photography  whilst I got up close.

Shot by Chloe Lee Photography whilst I got up close.

So that’s just a few of my top reasons for adding an additional photographer to your wedding package. I really do recommend investing as much as you can in the photography for your day and adding an additional shooter if you are able to really does give back in reward. After all who ever heard of a couple regretting having additional photos in their album from parts of the day that wouldn’t otherwise of been covered?! Obviously if you are having a smaller wedding two of us might not be necessary, it just depends on the logistics; whether your wedding is across multiple venues; the timeline and of course if you want both of your preparations to be covered too.

Do we need two photographers for our wedding? Kate Jackson Photography - Warwickshire

Second PhotographER FAQs

I'm sure you have your own questions about adding a second photographer to your photography package so here's some of the most common questions I am asked about having a second photographer. If yours isn't listed, please get in touch and I'll happily answer.

Is the second shooter a professional, like you?

I only work with other professional wedding photographers who can shoot a wedding from start to finish on their own, with a similar relaxed approach and natural style to me. I cull and edit the images myself, so you won’t be able to tell who shot what, apart from when you know I wasn’t there of course.

Will having a second photographer be intrusive to my laid back day?

There is a train of thought that adding a second shooter to your documentary photography package could disrupt the natural and relaxed feel to the photographers approach to your day. Perhaps, making you and your guests very aware of being photographed. This really isn’t the case, I blend in with you and your guests, making everyone feel relaxed, and I always ask the same of my second.

How many additional photos will we get with an additional photographer?

A second photographer won't double the number of photos you receive in your wedding album, but it will increase the number you receive and to make the extra investment worth it. More OMGs and more wow – and that really is what you want from your wedding photos!

Do we really need a second photographer?

Honestly it totally depends; the size of your wedding; the locations; and what you want covered. I always recommend it because it really can add a wonderful different dimension to the day, especially for larger weddings and weddings across multiple venues. If you are adding a highlights video onto any of my packages you get a second shooter included.

 Awesome shot my second shooter  Chloe Lee Photography  took whilst I was busy setting up for the first dance.

Awesome shot my second shooter Chloe Lee Photography took whilst I was busy setting up for the first dance.

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I'm a informal, relaxed and fun reportage style wedding photographer based in Birmingham, in the West Midlands. Covering Warwickshire, Cotswolds and UK Wide. As well as travelling further afield for Destination Weddings.