The Benefit of Two Photographers
There are so many benefits to having two photographers at your wedding, and there are literally no downsides. That’s why I only offer two-photographer wedding coverage. My husband, Matt, works with me as my dedicated second shooter. We assist each other with lighting, ideas, lugging equipment, etc. Because we know each other so well, and because we’ve done this many times, we’re able to work efficiently and creatively together. You essentially receive double coverage throughout the day, meaning you get a greater variety of perspectives, more details, and a more efficient use of time.
“The pictures came out
beautifully. There wasn’t a
picture we didn’t love.”
Below are a handful examples from Zea and Nick’s wedding showing the benefits of having two photographers at your wedding. Sometimes we’re able to be in two places at once, and other times we’re able to shoot the same situation from multiple angles. Enjoy!
- In this first picture, I was upstairs photographing Zea getting ready while Matt took formals of Nick individually, with his brothers, and with his parents. Because we were in two places at once, I was able to get a number of fun shots with Zea and her girls, and Matt got a good third of the family formals taken care of. This allowed us to keep the day on schedule and keep the couple relaxed.
- In this next picture, Zea had just finished getting ready and was coming downstairs for the first time. There was a greeting party at the foot of stairs, and Matt and I positioned ourselves to capture Zea’s expression as she rounded the corner. One of us had a wide angle lens and the other a zoom lens, to get the full effect.
- From there, we all went outside to get some formals of Zea and her bridesmaids. When it came time to photograph Zea by herself, I gave her direction and shot from one angle while Matt photographed from another angle.
- During the ceremony, I situated myself in the center aisle with the wide angle lens. This allowed me to get panoramic shots of the entire bridal party and the beautiful wedding tree. At the same time, Matt alternated from side to side capturing close-ups of everyone involved.
- This next picture shows the same setup and highlights why we love this method. Matt was able to capture Zea’s expression as she and Nick walked out husband and wife. Meanwhile, my wider perspective provides context and captures the reactions of the guests.
- Depending on the lighting and location, Matt and I often alternate photographing the happy couple. One of us typically photographs and provides direction while the other assists with lighting. However, we had such beautiful natural light during Zea and Nick’s wedding that no additional light was needed. This allowed us both to shoot at the same time, resulting in different interpretations of the same moment.
- There’s usually so much going on during the reception that Matt and I are often off in different directions capturing all sort of details and experiences. However, the first dance is one situation where our attention is entirely on the same thing: the bride and groom.