Two photographer coverage of your wedding day might sound like a nifty luxury, but in fact, it’s darn close to (or, frankly, is!) a total necessity. Some photographers, myself included, work exclusively with a second photographer/assistant.* And because it’s our job, as the professionals, to watch out for you guys, to set you up to succeed—and, truthfully, to set ourselves up to succeed on your behalf—I thought we should talk about why savvy couples book two photographer coverage of their weddings and why I require it for the weddings I photograph.
I. You Want Better Art
Two pairs of (trained) eyes are better than one. Two photographers will see the same wedding entirely differently. One of the reasons I love working with my husband is that he continually astounds me with how he sees what I see, but he sees it differently. The coverage we offer together is more varied and more unique than what I could offer alone.
II. You Want a Better Wedding Day
Your day is better because we are efficient. When we’re working together, we can wrangle the zillion cameras and zillion people involved in a wedding day smoothly. My shooting style requires two necks (at least!) to wear all the cameras I rotate through while I’m shooting.
And two pairs of hands mean I can keep shooting even when a roll of film needs changed or a new battery needs to go into a camera.
Plus, all the “organized” formal group photographs move along quickly and easily, which spells more time for you and your beloved with each other and with your guests.
III. Most Importantly: You Want To Protect Your Investment (And We Do, Too!)
The other reasons aside, the one that makes two photographer coverage of the wedding day a non-negotiable as far as I’m concerned, is that we all want to protect your investment in photography—in us. Sometimes a photograph of mine is better than my husband’s. But sometimes his is better than mine. Sometimes the shot or angle we thought would be the best, for some reason, isn’t (an overzealous aunt walked into the shot, say). But the other person got just the shot. And that’s only thinking of normal shooting conditions.
What if a roll of film came out badly? What if one of the photographer’s shots were just slightly out of focus? What if something went wrong with a camera card? What if one of your photographers got sick at the wedding? Or hurt? It would still be your wedding day. And, with two photographer coverage, you’d still have beautiful heirloom photographs of the entire day.**
Destination weddings, of course, up the ante on all these concerns because so much can happen when travel is involved.***
In the end, I’m talking about you making sure we all get it right (and get it best!) the first time because there’s only one go at your wedding day.
photo: Gia Canali
* Some weddings are more logistically involved than others. So with really big weddings, I’ll bring a third person, just to assist me and expedite what we do.
** Okay, that’s not to say that we don’t still miss something every once in a while. We aren’t robots, after all. And we can only be where we can be and do what we can do.
*** Not to mention that my cameras don’t all fit in one person’s carry-on luggage. But that’s a story for another day.