Following a recent survey of nearly 4,000 wedding couples by Bridebook.co.uk and The Wedding Industry Awards, it was found that 22% of couples hire a photographer with a second shooter to get added value in their photography service. I’m surprised it’s not more.
As an experienced wedding photographer that has always offered two photographers for every wedding, I couldn’t help but get involved in the conversation and highlight why I think two photographers are better than one!
Would I Get More Images?
Okay, so the obvious benefit that many couples might immediately highlight is that they’ll get more photos from their day. Now this isn’t wrong, but in most instances, there is still a relative maximum number of images that can be produced from one wedding, even if you had a dozen photographers running around. Equally one photographer can easily boost their numbers by adding in duplicates or images that otherwise wouldn’t meet our exacting standard.
Instead, a better way of viewing it is that two photographers, if well managed, can give you a greater diversity of images from you wedding day.
One photographer can only be in one place and look in one direction at a time. Two photographers, [wait for it] can be, [that’s right you guessed it] in more than one place at a time and look in more than one direction! This means that more of your wedding gets coverage and candid moments of the day that you may have otherwise missed, can be captured.
Throughout the wedding day there are different moments that can only be captured by having multiple photographers – the bride AND groom’s preparation, the first look from BOTH perspectives, what the guests are up to while your away for your portraits and many other occasions where just having a different angle, helps to tell the story of the day.
Working As A Team
In addition to diversity in your images, having one photographer can, but not always, result in a drop in the quality of your photography. Capturing great images isn’t only about how you interact with your subject or the locations you choose, but also heavily relies on a technical knowledge of your equipment and how to use it.
In challenging low light situations and other circumstances, it is necessary to introduce additional light or balance available light. Now of course a good photographer can still do this, time consuming though it may be running back and forth arranging lights, however this isn’t always guaranteed and many may simply resort to a ‘spray and pray’ approach or worse, some post production butchery.
On a slightly different tact there is also the consideration of what happens if… Now if you’ve read some of our previous posts or our 14 Essential questions to ask your wedding photographer, then you may be aware of ‘the bus factor’, the back-up plan that any organisation should have in preparation for the worst-case scenario of serious illness or worse.
But what if your photographer is well enough to work but certainly not at their best? With a second photographer as part of your package you simple have more security, more diversity and even an extra set of hands on board to help out throughout the day. You’ll be amazed how often we’ve had to pull out the safety pins or run to collect something for the bride.
The Decision Is Yours
Your wedding photography is a large part of your wedding day and typically equates to between 8%-12% of your total wedding budget. Though you may still question whether you need two photographers, I hope to have at least shone some light on the advantages and additional value that comes from it. But at the end of the day, the decision is yours.
RJH Wedding Photography has, and always will, provide two photographers for every wedding. We believe that this added coverage allows us to produce a unique blend of both candid ‘moment’ shots whilst also creating the big wall hanging wow shots that require a little more control. It is something our couples always comment on.
This way you don’t need to choose between a preference for fun and candid photography or the more classical style traditional and timeless to the wedding industry – you get both!
If you want to find out more about the way that we work or discuss what you want from your wedding day then please feel free to contact us to arrange your free consultation.