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  • Writer's pictureStefano Ferrier

Should you consider a second Wedding Photographer at Your Wedding?

Updated: Apr 21

Well, after 13 years of experience as a natural wedding photographer, I can state that, typically, a single photographer is sufficient for your wedding.

As long as you select a professional with experience whose work aligns with your preferences, he should be able to capture all the essential moments of your special day without difficulty.

Bride and Groom having a toast wnd guests cheers behind



Happy bride and groom smiling on a italian lake balcony

You probably won’t need more photos than you get from one photographer, during a Wedding I shoot and deliver more than 1800 photos.

Dispelling the Myth of Doubling Wedding Photographs:

The notion of doubling the magic with two wedding photographers may seem enticing, promising an abundance of stunning pictures.

However, the reality is quite different.

First off, having a second photographer at a wedding isn't primarily about increasing the likelihood of capturing the most important shot.

One seasoned photographer is typically sufficient for that task.

Instead, a second photographer adds value by providing additional coverage, capturing different angles, moments, and perspectives simultaneously, enriching the overall storytelling of the day.

It's crucial to recognize that the role of the second shooter primarily involves capturing moments that the primary photographer might miss.

Yet, when you invest in an experienced solo wedding photographer, the likelihood of feeling that something is amiss in your wedding day photos is minimal.

Having one photographer allows for more personalized attention to detail.

From pre-wedding consultations to post-production editing, a solo photographer can devote their undivided attention to your needs and preferences.

This level of dedication fosters a deeper connection and understanding between the photographer and the couple, resulting in a more meaningful and satisfying photographic experience.

Wedding guests having a beer and making an hilarious  toast

One common concern prompting the consideration of a second photographer is the fear of inadequate coverage to capture all the day's events, along with the candid and atmospheric moments of the guests.

Nevertheless, unless your wedding is exceptionally large, with 120/150 guests or more, seasoned professional photographers are more than capable of capturing the event comprehensively, delivering an abundance of photos that will exceed your expectations.

A Single Wedding Photographer Reduces Intrusiveness:

Engaging a single photographer often provides a less intrusive experience.

A skilled wedding photographer can expertly capture moments without drawing attention, fostering a relaxed atmosphere for genuine reactions.

Having two photographers may make it challenging for both to operate discreetly, potentially leading to more reserved behavior from your guests.

Bride ready to walk down the aisle
Bride and groom kissing on lake maggiore while the bride's veil is floating

Understanding the Financial Impact of a

Single and Second Wedding Photographer Coverage

It's not uncommon to stumble upon deals where two photographers come at a lower cost than a single one.

However, as a seasoned wedding photographer, I urge clients to tread carefully, because sometimes, when the cost seems too good to be true, there's a reason.

Be mindful of this as you plan your wedding expenses.

Quality Over Quantity:

When it comes to wedding photography, quality should always be prioritized over quantity. A single photographer dedicated to your event can ensure a consistent style and vision throughout your photos.

Investment in Expertise:

It's essential to remember that the cost of wedding photography isn't just about the number of photographers present; it's an investment in expertise, creativity, and professionalism.

A single photographer may come with a higher price tag, but it often reflects their experience, skill, and commitment to delivering exceptional results.

Remember, you're not just paying for someone to take pictures; you're investing in the preservation of your cherished memories.

In conclusion, while the allure of a bargain package with two photographers may be tempting, it's essential for clients to consider the bigger picture. Quality, consistency, and personalized service are paramount when entrusting someone to capture the most precious moments of your wedding day.

Nevertheless, there are specific scenarios where the inclusion of a second Wedding Photographer can prove beneficial:

  1. If Bride and Groom are getting ready in different and distant locations.

  2. Enables simultaneous coverage of distinct areas, particularly beneficial in large venues.

  3. Time constraints

  4. When weddings are exceptionally large, with 120/150 guests or more.

Well, in conclusion, I believe that having one dedicated wedding photographer has far more benefits than having two wedding photographers.

However, everyone must make decisions based on what is right for them and their specific Wedding Day.

Here you can discover all the Wedding Stories I shot alone.

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