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Should I Hire a Second Wedding Photographer?

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It is pretty much a given as to how photographers are important people to have in a wedding. Without them, a wedding would be less memorable as it is supposed to be as no records would be available for one to look back on those memories every now and then.

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While no arguments would have to be raised about having photographers, there is a more pressing dilemma some couples face as far as photography is concerned” should they avail two photographers to cover a wedding?

Advantages

Let us first look at the advantages of having a second photographer at the wedding:

  • A second photographer can provide coverage to more than one venue at a time, allowing more moments and photographs to be taken.
  • A second photographer provides different sets of eyes, which make room for new styles of photography, allowing for more diversity as to how the photos in the wedding are taken.
  • The minute details can be covered by the second photographer while there will be a main photographer who will take care of shooting the more general details of the wedding.
  • In case there are some details missed by one of the photographers, the second photographer will be there to cover those missed details, ensuring a more complete coverage in the process.
  • In the event of some untoward incident that would befall on one of the photographers like camera got damaged in the middle of event or an accident, something we hope would not happen to the photographer, there will be a backup plan of sorts in the person of the second photographer who can fill in and carry on with the job.

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Disadvantages

There are also some disadvantages in having a second photographer that should be taken into consideration as well:

  • Hiring a second photographer entails a higher expense, something to consider especially if on a tight budget.
  • There is a risk that there would be an overlapping and redundancy in terms of coverage as a certain moment gets captured by the two photographers at the same time and without any difference in style.
  • There may be instances that the two photographers may feel uncomfortable working each other, especially those who have not worked with each other before and may affect the way they would cover the wedding as a whole.

When to hire a second wedding photographer

With those advantages and disadvantages in mind, it is important to note that hiring a second photographer or not depends on a number of factors that should be taken into account. One of them of course is the budget as to whether you can afford to do so or otherwise.

Another factor to consider the scope of the wedding, especially in the size of the event and the number of guests that are expected to attend. If the wedding will be a more private and intimate affair, then there would be no need for a second photographer.

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Other Things to Consider

Having noted all these factors, in the end it will be up to the couple to decide whether to hire a second photographer based on their needs and the budget especially.

Should the decision would be to go for a second photographer, one should check with the main photographer and verify if the photographer’s service would provide for a second shooter from within his/her studio or would that second shooter be based at another studio. If the latter scenario would be the case, then it is important to verify with the main photographer as to who would be the photographer that would be recommended and has a good working relationship with the main photographer.

In the end, what matters most is that you get your money’s worth with the output the photographer or photographers will provide you. Being the most important occasion of one’s life, the quality of the output is still the most important.

 

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Top 9 Things to Ask a Wedding Photographer

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Weddings are one of those very important and life-changing events that deserve not just to be documented, but to be documented beautifully well, especially in photographs. Thus, it is important to have a good photographer (or photographers in some cases) who are capable to beautifully capture such a memorable life event.

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For couples who are about to make a choice as to who will get to photograph your wedding, there are a number of factors to take into consideration that a prospective photographer should address. Here are nine questions couples should ask and photographers should be able to answer before making a deal.

Is the photographer available on the wedding date?

Basic as this question may seem, it is the most important question and must be asked first before proceeding. It will help save a lot of time and effort in the process. If the photographer is available on the date, make sure you get a written commitment of such availability.

What is the photographer’s style of photography?

Like any other visual artists, photographers have their own style in shooting and composing their photos. If you don’t have any particular style in mind, check out their portfolios and see if their photography style is to your liking.

At the same time, don’t hesitate as well to express whatever idea you have in mind for the photos. Just remember to balance those ideas of yours with what the photographer has in mind to get the most satisfying results possible.

What is the photographer’s wedding photography experience?

As with any job hiring, experience is a big factor in choosing a wedding photographer. Check out the photographer’s portfolio and see not only the style but also the extent of the photography coverage that was done for the weddings. It is very important in this case to check the most recent wedding coverages the photographer has made to help you get a good idea of what to expect should he cover your wedding.

What would be the budget and the details of the package?

Budget is always a primary factor especially for a wedding; it is important to make sure you get your money’s worth with the package that you choose. Most wedding photographers offer different packages depending on the budget. Check the details of the packages they offer as to what are included. Some packages include engagement photos as well so that’s something to consider as well as far as budget and convenience is concerned. Also important is to take note of the payment terms for the service to help ensure a smooth transaction.

Are there other personnel and/or equipment involved in the coverage as well?

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Some photographers, especially the big studio photographers, have other photographers and personnel working for them, perhaps one of them would be doing the job instead. So it’s best to get know as well the associate photographer in these cases and check out their photography style as noted above.

Also, check to see if the photographers would be bringing in their own equipment like for lighting to determine if you would need to provide additional lighting at the venue. If yes, make sure that their equipment would neither be bulky nor obstructive.

How long will it take for the photos, proofs, and the wedding album to be available?

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One thing to note is that some photographers may take months before in processing the photos they took of a wedding. Having an idea of how long of a timeframe they would need before you get to see the photos would at least help manage the long wait it may take.

What happens if the photographer cannot make it on the wedding date? 

While we have already determined the photographer’s availability on the wedding in the first question, sometimes there are instances that a photographer may not be able to cover your wedding at the last minute, especially due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. Thus, it is very important that the photographer beforehand should readily provide contact information of another photographer who would be available that day to fulfill the job at hand.

Is the photographer willing to stay on in case the event lasts longer than scheduled?

Sometimes a wedding event may go beyond the timeframe that was originally planned. It is important to ask the photographer if is willing to cover the event beyond the original timeframe. If so, it is important to note the photographer’s overtime policy if any, as well as possible charges that may be in place.

Will there be a contract provided?

It is very important that the photographer will provide you a contract that will detail in writing the nature of the service that will be provided, addressing the questions raised here and other pertinent details. Never deal with a photographer who would not provide you a contract for any reason whatsoever to avoid possible headaches that may arise in the future that will spoil what should be joyous occasion.