5 reasons you need two photographers at your wedding

5 Reasons You Need Two Photographers

One of the perks of booking with E. Golden Moments is all my full-day packages include two photographers. I do this for a number of reasons in order to keep my own sanity, but this also helps you out in several ways. Here are 5 reasons you need two photographers for your wedding day.

Keep in mind, the photographers must be from the same company to make this work. Most will have an exclusivity clause, so please don’t try to hire a second unrelated photographer if you don’t have this through your main package.

The Haven Event Space wedding photos
The Haven Event Space wedding photos

1. All the Candids

As a single photographer, I’m always focused on you two during pretty much every point of the day while the second photographer is focused on your guests. This allows for pictures of your parents as they watch you exchange vows, your guest’s reactions as they listen to toasts, and casual moments of your wedding party during portraits.

I can only be at one place at one time, so having this second set of eyes allows for pictures you might not even realize you need.

2. Sweet Moments Before and After You Walk Down the Aisle

When I’m waiting for you to walk down the aisle, I have my second photographer hang behind with you and your wedding party. This allows for sweet moments with your dad. As you are walking down the aisle, my second photographer is focused on your spouse’s reaction. She’s sure to get the back of your dress as well as your partner’s face so no reaction is missed.

Along the same lines, after you walk back up the aisle after the ceremony, I have my second photographer follow you to get those just-married emotions. These might be for favorite images that you wouldn’t even know you need.

The first photo is what my second photographer was getting at the exact moment I was focused on the groom seconds before he saw her.

Church of the Resurrection wedding ceremony
Church of the Resurrection wedding ceremony

3. Multiple Points of View

During the first kiss, I have my second photographer shoot the same angle with a different lens, so the perspective looks completely different. For your vows, she’ll be on one side and I’ll be on the other to get every single reaction and point of view. During toasts, I’ll focus on the toast-giver and she will focus on all the reactions. This can’t be done with a single photographer, so you are sure to get several unique angles and points of view from every part of the day.

Outdoor ceremony with rain at the Haven Event Space wedding

4. The Shot list Runs Smoother

During family formals, I have my second photographer manage the list as well as make sure you are looking your best. It’s hard for one photographer to keep track of taking pictures with organizing 20+ people during the most stressful part of the day. She makes sure no photos are missed and no hands are awkwardly out of place.

For wedding days with a tight timeline, I’ll have my second photographer take pictures of the groom and groomsmen while I take pictures of the bride and bridesmaids. This allows us to move quickly without having anyone standing around waiting for their turn. We’re able to do full wedding party portraits in less than 15 minutes with this method, which helps tremendously if we don’t have a lot of wiggle room in the timeline.

Faulker's Ranch wedding
Faulker's Ranch wedding

5. Extra Security

As much as it sucks to think about, gear does malfunction. I always have two cameras on me at all times, but if one were to give out, the second photographer is able to continue taking pictures while I switch to the other camera and vice versa. Real talk, I was once taking pictures during an outdoor ceremony in the rain. One camera got a little wet and decided to stop working. I quickly switched to my second camera, but my second photographer was able to continue taking pictures during the transition to ensure nothing is missed. I’ve also had batteries decide to die right before the first kiss, random memory card errors, etc. Because of our foolproof backup system, we’ve never missed a single wedding moment and the couples never knew anything went wrong.

This is a picture from an unrelated wedding because it’s pretty and I can’t show the worst-case scenarios in an image.

Church of the Resurrection wedding

Bonus: Can I just have a second photographer for part of the day?

I’ve been asked this before as a way to save money and the answer is no. I hire my second photographer for the entire day. Here’s a breakdown of what they are doing every part of the day to make sure your coverage is complete:

Getting Ready: I’m typically with the girls while my second photographer is with the guys. If the guys aren’t getting ready yet, she’s getting reception details.

Faulker's Ranch wedding
Faulker's Ranch wedding

First Look: I’m always focused on one of you while the second is focused on the other. This makes sure not a single reaction is missed.

Faulker's Ranch wedding
Faulker's Ranch wedding

Portraits: As mentioned above, the second photographer is oftentimes organizing portraits or shooting alongside me with a different group. If we are together, she is taking different angles. For example, I may be taking a full body shot while she is taking a close ups.

Faulker's Ranch wedding
Faulker's Ranch wedding

Ceremony: The second photographer is responsible for pictures before you walk down the aisle, your spouse’s reaction as you walk down the aisle, and the candids of all your guests. I still get some of these photos, but it wouldn’t be possible to capture everything without a second photographer there.

Faulker's Ranch wedding
Faulker's Ranch wedding

Reception: I’m always photographing the main events while my second photographer is getting creative angles and reaction shots. If there is time, I’ll have my second get a few table portraits of your guests. Basically, candids would not exist during the reception if you didn’t have two photographers.

Faulker's Ranch wedding
Faulker's Ranch wedding

Exit: Most of the time I have my second photographer assisting with lighting. If you have a last dance, I am capturing that moment while my second sets up lighting for the reception. Occasionally I’ll have her take pictures from a different angle or get behind-the-scenes shots!

Haven Event Space wedding reception
Sparkler exit at the Haven Event Space

There are 5 reasons why you need two photographers for your wedding. As much as it does seem like an added bonus, it’s a requirement to make sure your day runs smoothly and nothing is missed!

Mission Theatre wedding reception
Mission Theatre wedding reception

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