FAQ: Do We Need Second Shooters? | Maine Wedding Photographer & Videographer
We tackled this frequently asked question back on the blog in 2018 but I thought it was worth revisiting, especially with the addition of videography to our services.
During our initial inquiry call with clients one of the questions we get asked the most is do we need a second photographer / videographer? To help clarify - the way we design out packages, which might differ from others, is that we offer a base starting package with 8 hours of coverage and it includes one photographer & one videographer (Amanda & Cole). We then offer a la carte options like second shooters, engagement sessions, extra hours of coverage, video add ons etc. The reason we do that is because over the years we have found that each couple differs in not only their photo/video budget but also their coverage needs and preferences. We want you to have the option to customize (and pay) for the package that best fits your personal wedding.
So back to the question - do you need a second photographer / videographer? The short answer is that there truly is no downside in having an additional photographer and videographer. It provides a more inclusive portfolio showcasing more moments, angles, details, etc. because we can't be in two places at once.
However, we understand that it might not be the best fit for all weddings & couples. In order to determine if you really need one consider these questions...
Will we be getting ready in separate locations?
If the getting ready locations are in the same venue for example, it's easier for us to bounce back and forth and capture both the bridesmaids and groomsmen getting ready. However if you're getting ready 15-20 minutes away from each other then it is a little more difficult for us to capture both parties getting ready and we would then recommend second shooters.
2. Are you going to be spending cocktail hour taking photos?
Chances are, if you're not doing a first look then you're going to be spending a portion, if not all, of cocktail hour taking photos. Adding second shooters gives you coverage of cocktail hour while we are doing portraits.
3. Consider your guest count.
While this is not the most important factor in considering second shooters, it's worth considering.The more people you have, the more there is for us to capture - having an extra set of hands to tackle the cocktail hour and reception will give you more coverage of more people.
4. Is there time for detail shots?
Capturing the details of your wedding day is what helps tell the full story of your day. From flat lays during the getting ready process to details inside your reception space before all your guests arrive. We want to make sure we have time to capture it all. If we're running on a tight timeline, it might be helpful to have second shooters to help with this coverage.
We covered these questions & a few other points in our previous blog post you can check out here.
As always, each wedding is unique so we are happy to discuss the options and what is best for you during your inquiry call or at any point throughout the planning process.