One of the things I offer on my photography packages is the option for me to bring two photographers. Whilst this isn’t necessary, it’s something I would encourage as you get more value through extra pictures and different angles of your special day. I have tried my best to illustrate some of the reasons with a recent wedding I photographed below.
While I photograph the bridal party, my associate can take shots of the groomsmen which gives another lens to look through after your special day. Having a second shooter allows me to get a greater range of photos, a better coverage of the venue and reception and allows great capturing of important parts of the ceremonies.
Getting multiple shots of the same thing might seem a little gratuitous, but having multiple angles to look back on makes sure you capture every carefully planned detail on your day. One of my favourite reasons to bringing along a second photographer is when the speeches are taking place, I can get a great picture of the speaker, knowing that the audience reaction will be taken care of for me. This way I can focus on the greatest details of the moment and getting that perfect shot, first time.
The final reason I recommend two photographers is that of utility and insurance. Sometimes, disasters strikes. Perhaps a vital piece of equipment fails, cables break or someone knocks over a camera lens. Having a second photographer means you’ll get the benefit of having back ups and spares, alongside a greater choice of speciality lenses. The utility of a second photographer knows no bounds as they can approach taking pictures in a different style to my own, which can be advantages in certain situations.
Whilst having two photographers means more photos, I am very careful to make sure that the wedding doesn’t turn into an all-day photoshoot. I try to get the best candid photos possible and only ask for photos at the key moments during the ceremony and the reception, to make sure both you and your friends and family enjoy the wedding.
There are definite advantages to having two photographers, and whilst it is not mandatory, you should think about it if you want to get the most out of your wedding photography.