Many couples admit that not spending more on photography is one of their biggest wedding day regrets — and we tend to agree. The question is, should you include a second shooter as part of that budget?
In most cases, you’ll want a second shooter for a number of practical reasons. For one, there’s your ceremony. There’s something so special about being able to capture multiple emotional moments throughout this life changing moment.
You’ll want your walk down the aisle and see your partner’s reaction to it, your vows and your parents’ reactions. You get the point—so much happens simultaneously at weddings and they’re all worth remembering, from getting ready to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
If you’re wedding is on the larger side, you can hardly expect one shutterbug, no matter how swift and talented, to snap every memorable moment happening in every corner of the room.
We think a second shooter is always worth it, even if you’re only inviting a small number of guests. For example, with two shooters, you can really make the most your postceremony portraits. As you might already know, golden hour is when the light is the most flattering and beautiful – and boy does that hour go fast! These are the photos that will land up in your wedding album and on display in your home, so getting as much variety in that window of time makes all the difference.
Also, if you and your partner both love the idea of taking getting-ready photos, but you’re getting ready in two separate spaces, having two photographers snap your wedding prep at the same time will be a godsend.
If your budget is the sole reason you want to ditch a second photographer, we totally understand. One trick is to consider cutting down the amount of time you need a photographer.
We understand this factor, and can work with you to make sure all the necessary photos are taken first thing at the reception, so you can get on with the party.