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Do I need two photographers at my wedding?

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Do I need two photographers at my wedding?

When it comes to planning your wedding, your wedding photography is likely not to be one of the first considerations that comes to mind. It is always recommended that you set aside 10% of your wedding budget to put towards photography; with the average wedding costing around the £30,000 mark, that means you should be planning to put about £3,000 towards your photography. With this kind of budget, you can find some truly phenomenal photographers that will capture your special day, moment by moment. Another consideration you need to decide upon is whether you should use two photographers at your wedding. You may be thinking, what’s the point? Let’s take a look at the benefits of having two photographers catch those magical moments at your wedding.

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Of course, the wedding ceremony and reception are the most important part of the day, but the preparations prior to those are also equally exciting and full of emotion. Having two photographers allows both sides to have this part of the day recorded. You could have one photographer that can jump between the two, assuming you are getting ready at the same location, however, any special moments that occur may get missed. Having a dedicated photographer for each party getting prepared will ensure that nothing is missed and your wedding album will tell a complete story. It is also lovely to be able to look back on those moments with each other, as you can both see the excitement and joy in the moments before the ceremony. You may also want one photographer taking photos on the ground and another shooting aerial photographs of your big day and the most special moments. Find out more about drone photography prices.

A second photographer means that one of them can focus on the bride entering and capturing that moment, while the other can remain focused on the very moment the groom catches a glimpse of his bride and the expressions and emotions he may display. The same then goes for capturing the bride and groom during the ceremony, while also being able to capture the looks on the faces of the guests.

Having two photographers means that one of them is able to focus on shooting the exciting and joyful moments that occur, while the other can spend time photographing all of the little details, such as your table settings or guests at cocktail hour while the bridal party and family are having formal photos taken.

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Aside from having all those magical moments, priceless reactions, and every detail captured by having two photographers, you will also receive a combination of styles and perspectives. While both your photographers maybe sometimes aiming to capture the same shot, their perspective and angle can completely change a photo and being able to see both gives you the best of both worlds. While you will want photographers to have similar styles, a contrast in styles can help create a unique and intriguing wedding album. If anything goes wrong with one of your photographer’s cameras, they will have that back-up on hand with a second photographer being there, although it is uncommon this happens; most photographers will always bring two cameras along with them, but two photographers means at least four cameras in case the worst happened.

Best of all, two photographers means you will receive many more unique photos, from a range of perspectives, angles, styles and you will truly be able to relive every moment of your wedding and see the reactions of your guests, of which you perhaps had not seen on the day.

If you are planning to opt for two photographers it is a good idea to look for a photographer, who likely works at a studio, who has worked with another photographer before; while a contrast in styles can be a unique touch for your wedding photos, you don’t want them to clash.

It's important to make sure that both are experienced in shooting weddings, for example a photographer experienced in product photography pricing may not be the best choice costing or shooting a wedding day. Always review portfolios, check out reviews and look for testimonials to get an idea of styles; if you have found a studio in which two photographers work together frequently, it is great to flick through some of their joint work to see how they complement each other.

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most special moments in your life! The joining of two families is so beautiful and by using two photographers, you can be sure every magical moment is captured to be cherished for a lifetime.

Find out more about how having two photographers may affect wedding photography prices and the other factors that influence the cost.

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