2nd photographer? Why or why not?
Sometimes a second photographer is not necessary if you wish to have someone just to capture your ceremony and reception, and sometimes it is. But it also depends on what you’re looking for, and what your budget is. I’ve done numerous weddings myself, but I’ve also shot weddings with second photographers.
A second photographer allows you to have the flexibility to have 2 people in separate places, capturing the event from different angles, and also the ability to have more photos.
If you are looking to have a full-day service, a 2nd photographer most of the time is essential. Bear in mind, these things are possible with only one photographer but that’s when my post from a few days ago bears a strong meaning, a good itinerary.
If you are doing the bride and groom prep, one photographer can be with the bride, and one with the groom. We can both work together, to capture your day. If it’s one photographer, one will not have to rush from one location to another, and if doing a first look… the other photographer can communicate adequately to ensure everyone is in their place. We know the process. First looks may be quick, but they do require proper communication & planning to go as planned. Sometimes, I ask brides who the responsible, and dependable one is in their family or bridal party, as we tend to have to use them for communication to make sure this goes all to plan if we do not have a second photographer. We have to make sure the groom is where he should be, we have to make sure the groom does not accidentally see his bride, and we also have to make sure we have a good spot with good light.