If you’re here from the #weddingwednesday linkup, welcome! New to Mon Amye? You can see previous Wedding posts here, including lots of pretty from our July 2012 wedding day. Read on for this week’s post, and the linkup!
If you’re planning a 2015 wedding, chances are that right about now you’re hunting for a photographer. I remember visiting home, where my Summer 2012 wedding took place, in the winter prior with the sole purpose of finding a photographer. Well, in reality, there were 10,000 things to do that visit. But The Big One was the photographer.
And we found one, and we were thrilled, and all was well in the world. The end.
Not so fast….there’s more to the story. Because, when planning our wedding, we wanted not just one photographer, but two. So over-indulgent! you cry, “How self-absorbed! What an outlandish waste of money!”
Cool your jets. There are a couple of very valid reasons why we prioritized having a 2nd photographer for our wedding day. Case in point: the indoor/outdoor shots shown above would not have been possible without two photographers.
I agree, it is not going to be a choice that everyone makes. But if you’ve ever considered two photographers – or are thinking about it now – here are my reasons:
1. Quantity of photos
This is an obvious one. Yes – we wanted more photos. BUT, this is not a self-absorbed desire to have thousands of photos of me and my beloved to stare lovingly at our immortal wedding-day faces for all the days of our marriage.
Not at all!
A second photographer, in many cases, is actually going to be capturing photos of all the people who did NOT get married that day. While the lead photographer is with the bride, groom, or both, the 2nd is with the bridal party, families, covering the cocktail hour, capturing details, etc. He or she is your eye into the parts of your wedding that you’ll never see. And that, to me, was important. I wanted to capture the actual wedding day, and not just myself.
2. Another point of view
Ideally your second photographer should be part of the lead photographer’s team – someone they work with often, who has a similar style and can act as a second pair of eyes and hands. Our 2nd was selected by our lead, and we actually never met until the morning-of the wedding. I can’t tell apart which photos were taken by the lead versus the 2nd.
That’s the good part. The “second pair of eyes and hands.” But the GREAT part? The fact that the 2nd was able to capture a different vantage point. They covered the ceremony together, and as a result we got multiple angles of the scene. You can see what was happening, and at the same time you can see the reactions of the people present. Or, as in the example above, I now have little insights to what my groom was doing while I prepared to walk down the aisle!
3. Photo booth fun
I mentioned before that the 2nd was able to cover various bits of the wedding. For instance, while we had bridal party portraits he covered the guys getting ready and relaxing in their rooms. And vice versa.
But during the post-dinner dancing, you really only need one photographer. I mean, how many photos of sweaty, rollicking good times do you need? Ok, yes a few, but trust me – not that many!
Some might cut the 2nd photographer’s hours and save some money that way. However, we went a different route, and used our 2nd photographer as a photo booth! A simple backdrop and an energetic young photographer to help everybody relax, and you’ll be capturing some pretty fantastic moments in the “booth.” [I’m realizing now that I haven’t shared our Wedding Photo Booth, so you’ll have to return for a future #weddingwednesday!]
So there you have it. My 3 reasons for opting to hire a 2nd photographer. Did they sway your opinion? Did you use a 2nd photographer and have anything to add to this list of reasons why?
Photo credits: Kahl Weddings
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