Do I need two wedding photographers?

One of the most common questions I get asked is, do I need a second photographer? On a wedding day I always bring a second photographer with me and not because I get lonely! On a wedding day there is so much going on and sometimes parts are out of our control. As much time as I take to prepare there is only so much that can be done prior to the day.

Having a second photographer with me allows me to be in two places at once and cover more angles, allowing for better cover of the couple, guests and all the gorgeous details that make your wedding day complete. This is especially useful during the preparation phases when the couple are in two different places, sometimes not even in the same venue.

In most venues it is almost impossible to be at the front during the ceremony to capture the brides entrance and the rear to capture the grooms reaction to seeing his soon to be bride for the first time. These can make for amazing emotional photos and would otherwise be missed. I try most of the day to be watching for those special shots, those that are not planned and just happen. They say two heads are better than one and when it comes to a wedding day that is definitely true.

These shots require fast reaction and are often some of my favourite photos from the day. It is never more important than on a large wedding. Over 150 guests and it becomes harder to cover everyone and be able to focus on the most important people on the day, the couple. It is often said that the guests make the day so of course images of them are important and I want to able to capture as many of the moments as I can.

As well as all the above I find it is much more efficient to have someone available to hold flashes and help with organising the groups for family formal pictures. The formals are the part of the day the guests hate (trust me it’s true), especially if it’s cold outside! Being organised is key to getting amazing family photos without keeping people stood around for hours. Anything that helps me on a wedding day is something I am definitely going to take seriously and I am not saying a photographer who works alone is not going to do a great job. Everyone has their own way of working that suits them, but as we move into the 2017 wedding season I will be continuing to work with a second photographer at every wedding.