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Do You Need a Second Photographer on Your Wedding Day?

When it comes to wedding budgets, most brides find themselves having to pick and choose which things are most important to them. I’m a little bit biased, but I believe photography should be a top priority; skimping on your wedding photos often results in heartache and forgotten memories, even if it’s not until years later. But even within photography there can be many options to face. Do you want an engagement session? Extra hours of coverage on the wedding day? Do you want to purchase on album down the road? And the one we’ll address in this blog post: do you need a second photographer?

I second shot a wedding for Love Jules Photography. We were photographing the exit and I jumped up on a table to get a better vantage point. Turns out I was right in the way of Julia’s vantage point, so we made it work.

Lots of wedding photographers come as a team or have a second photographer built into the price of their wedding packages. If that’s the case, awesome! You already have one and don’t need to worry about. But if a second photographer is an add-on option, you might want to keep reading.

As a photographer myself, I shoot 80% of my weddings solo, and it’s never been a problem. In fact, I usually *prefer* to shoot solo; I tend to have a “if you want it done right do it yourself” mindset, so it’s hard for me to hand things off to other people. BUT, you and your wedding are my top priority, and sometimes that means having a second person there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

In my opinion, here are a few scenarios in which a second photographer would be helpful:

  • if you’re not working with a wedding planner
  • if you’ll be traveling to multiple locations throughout the day (i.e. hotel to get ready, church for ceremony, event venue for reception)
  • if the groomsmen will be getting ready at a different location from the bridesmaids (if the groom doesn’t want getting ready photos, this one won’t matter)
  • if you’re expecting more than 250 guests
  • if your wedding party is larger than 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen
  • if having two photographers there will give you extra peace of mind

At the end of the day, these are just suggestions. Every wedding is different, so I highly recommend discussing these options with your photographer so you can decide what’s best for you and your wedding.

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