Why we have a Second Wedding Photographer?

Bottom line is this, yes even though every wedding, every couple and everyone’s ‘wants’ are different. Simply one of us cannot be in two places at the same time and as wedding schedules are ever decreasing on times, we need two of us.

Below I am going to break it down into three reasons to you on how a second photographer can make an impact.

Reason 1:
– Morning wedding preparations:
On any wedding day that is captured, as photographers, we get pulled in many different directions, especially when it comes to pre-wedding preparations, mainly because both wedding parties are getting ready at separate locations.

The bride may be getting ready in a hotel room while their partner is getting ready at home… on the other side of town!

As photographers we have to plan for unfortunate events that may or may not take place, first is Traffic, as we mentioned above, wedding schedules are becoming very strict so having the photographer stuck traffic is a big no full stop.

Let’s create a Scenario:
One photographer booked to capture a full day from the preparation including preparations at their family home 12 miles away from the venue where the bride is getting ready.

Do you want photos of your bridal parties hair and makeup as well as your own, plus helping you getting buttoned into your wedding dress and photos of your future father-in-law helping your partner with their wedding attire?

Chances are you will and your partner is 12 miles away from the venue even though 12 miles is only a short distance. The above activities have already cost around 3 to 4 hours now imagine road works, an accident on the road or weekend congestion? That 3 to 4 hours has now become longer.

Even if you answered yes to two separate locations you need and we need a second photographer for that alone without thinking of their traveling time and its possibilities.

Here are some pre-ceremony moments captured when two photographers are being utilized to their max.

If you made it past reason 1, and still not convinced why a second photographer is required, then here is another reason.

Reason 2.
Your Wedding Ceremony.
There is a tremendous amount of different things that go on during the ceremony.

This is the main event on your wedding day: you’ll have excited guests, emotional father-daughter moments, the look on your partners face while you’re walking down the aisle, the vows, the ring exchange and the first kiss as a married couple. All irreplaceable moments.

You’ll want to capture as many of those moments as possible. Whether or not you’ll be able to get them all depends heavily on location, the officiant, and how much room there is for moving around. If you have the freedom to move around, that is.

Getting married in a church? Most churches will have set rules, guidelines and restrictions for Photographers, which can severely limit the variety of photos you get from your ceremony.

It wouldn’t be the first time we haven’t been allowed to move around and also had an escort with both of us to make sure we stay within the rules. one at the front and one at the rear of the church. Yes, this happens and is strictly enforced at both churches as well as some venues.

We have also experienced this quote when in church trying to capture a wedding.

“Technology these days allows very good shots to be captured from the back of the church”

hmm, there is some truth there but the couples faces and emotions are on the front not the rear of their heads.

This is where pre-planning and research come in with all, the photographer and the venue.

Below are some examples of two photographers who were fixed to their locations.


Reason 3:
The room Decorations and details.
You will of spent countless hours, days and weeks planning Who and what sits where, who cannot sit with who, what flowers match your wedding theme etc.

As your wedding photographers when there are two of us, one of us will follow the crowds and capture the candids, people enjoying the wedding and socialising with each other while our second can be capturing the details within the reception room.

Having worked with many wedding venue dressers, I asked Claire fromSomething Borrowed venue decor.

Why is it so important to capture every detail of a fully decorated wedding reception room before the wedding guests fill it?

  1. To show the couple (specifically the Bride as they do not get to view the room properly as guests are sat on the seats when they generally first see it) and how it looked in pristine untouched. Condition.
  2. Couples love seeing the finer details in photos as the photos are keepsakes for them and the little details are the personal things to them.

The beauty of two is, it allows the second wedding photographer to go straight into the untouched reception room and capture the details of the space you planned and created together for all the hours with your venue dresser.


From our view as a wedding photographer’s perspective, for the most part, our day doesn’t change. We support each other no matter what, if any unfortunate event arises it’s covered.

After all that, we hope we have outlined why we have a second wedding photographer on all our wedding photography packages.

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