Should We Add a Second Shooter for a Wedding?

Your wedding day is one of the most special moments in your life, and capturing every precious moment is crucial. One decision many couples face is whether to add on a second shooter for their wedding photography. Let’s explore the pros and cons of having a second shooter to help you make an informed choice.


  1. Coverage from Different Angles: Having a second shooter allows for a broader range of perspectives. While one photographer focuses on the couple, the other can capture candid moments from different angles, ensuring no special moment is missed. During the ceremony, one photographer can capture each half of the couple – that way you can see both reactions! These kind of things are really neat to see when you get the album back.
  2. More Moments Captured: With an additional photographer, you increase the chances of capturing spontaneous and intimate moments. In the morning you can have a photographer with each of you as you get ready – which is always a really fun intimate view into the wedding day. Then in the afternoon, one shooter is focused on formal couple shots, the second can capture the emotions and reactions of guests.
  3. Efficiency in Group Shots: Group shots can be time-consuming, especially with larger weddings. A second shooter can help organize and capture group photos swiftly, reducing the time spent posing and allowing you to enjoy more of your wedding day.
  4. Backup and Support: Having a second photographer provides a backup in case of unforeseen circumstances. If one encounters technical issues or misses a shot, the second shooter ensures that there’s a safety net for important moments.


  1. Additional Cost: One of the primary drawbacks is the added expense. Hiring a second photographer can significantly increase your photography budget. Couples need to weigh the benefits against their overall budget constraints.
  2. Space and Distraction: Two photographers moving around the venue might be more noticeable and could distract the couple and guests. We don’t often see problems with this, unless there are also 2 videographers – then it does sometimes feel like a lot. It really depends on the venue you select and your guest list. If you are having a smaller wedding, you might want to consider this.

In conclusion, the decision to hire a second shooter depends on your budget, the size and complexity of your wedding, and your personal preferences. Carefully weigh the pros and cons to determine if the investment aligns with your vision for capturing the magic of your special day.

Kerry Charlotte

Kerry Charlotte

My favorite thing about destination weddings is watching all of the guests explore a new place! I, myself, love learning more about this tropical paradise. I also really enjoy how every single event is completely different and really reflects the couple and their love story.

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