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  • Writer's pictureStefano Ferrier

Should you consider a second Wedding Photographer at Your Wedding?

Updated: Jan 12

Do you need a second wedding photographer?

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

In most cases I work alone.

As long as you select a professional with experience whose work aligns with your preferences, they 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.

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.

A seasoned wedding photographer possesses the acumen to identify and capture all the crucial moments throughout your wedding day, ensuring a comprehensive and cohesive collection of memories.

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 200 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 reduce 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 and groom running with an umbrella after wedding ceremony at Como lake
Bride and groom kissing on lake maggiore while the bride's veil is floating

Cost Considerations:

While you might assume a marginal extra cost when hiring two photographers from the same company, it's essential to recognize that you're paying for the time of both individuals. Typically, you'll be charged for their presence throughout the entire day, impacting your budget. Be mindful of this as you plan your wedding expenses.

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 200 guests or more.

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