Couples commonly ask whether I think they ‘need’ an extra photographer for their wedding. Every wedding is unique and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. The biggest factor you need to take into consideration is this – what do you want out of your photos? Here are some factors to consider when asking that question:
Are you getting ready in separate locations? Do you want photos of both of you ‘getting ready’?
If you want photos of both of you preparing for the wedding day, two photographers is optimal, especially if you’re preparing in different locations.
Do you want a lot of photos of your guests? How many guests are there?
I often hear couples say, “We want to have lots of pictures of our guests!” If your wedding is a small, intimate affair with less than 100 people, one photographer should be able to cover that just fine. 150 to 200 guests? A second photographer is most likely in order. Over 250? You might want to consider a third photographer.
Also consider the size of your venue, and I don’t just mean the size of the room/building. Yes, that can play a part if there are multiple rooms that guests can gather in or if it is a very large ballroom. If you’re getting married at an estate or a farm or a country club, are there areas where guests will gather that are separated from one another? Will guests be in different buildings at the same time or different areas of the grounds? One photographer won’t be able to be in two places at once.
Are there lots of details you want captured?
Is your wedding packed full of details that you want incredible still life photos of to commemorate all the hard work and planning you put into them? A second (or third) photographer can set up and photograph all those details while the main photographer is capturing wedding party and family photos, ensuring everything is captured.
Do you want a lot of attention from your photographer during portraits and the reception?
When I have an extra photographer (or two) on my team for a wedding, I can assign them different jobs so that I can focus on the wedding couple and give them more of my attention.
I hope you found this article helpful. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this topic in the comment section below.