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Why have a Second Photographer?

January 13, 2013

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorthea Lange

Why should I hire a second photographer to cover my wedding?

In the wedding industry, we get this question A LOT.  So I thought it would be a great subject for a blog post.

While I know a second photographer is not as budget friendly as hiring only one, I truly believe hiring two photographers is the best option for most weddings.  Hopefully this post will show you exactly why, when it comes to weddings, moments, large bridal parties and candid images, I believe two are better than one.


I want to start with talking about moments.  While no photographer can guarantee capturing EVERY special moment on your wedding day (even if there are two), the probability of not missing key moments is greatly reduced when there are two pairs of eyes watching and capturing everything that is happening.  From walking down the aisle and being able to catch both the bride’s processional AND the grooms reaction, to also catching the first dance images of the couple, and his and her parents watching.  Two photographers means better coverage of those moments.


Second, larger bridal parties, receptions, etc. means more is going on.  A second photographer helps to streamline family portraits, check details, hair, necklaces, etc.  While one photographer can absolutely do all of this adequately, two make it smoother, easier and more relaxed.

Another big thing to consider is a second point of view.  With one photographer, you will get more straight on, traditional images from your day.  Which, can be GREAT, but when hiring one photographer, you sacrifice the second point of view.  A second photographer allows for more creative angles, more creative crops, and provides more of a dual traditional AND modern approach to your wedding.

Lastly, when you hire a second photographer, there will be more images of photo-journalistic, sweet moments.  When someone holds up a large professional camera, the subjects are watching that person and smile on demand, and follow their instructions, etc.  The second photographer, however, can be more in the background and catch moments that aren’t posed.

Whether you hire M.Rinaye to photograph your wedding, or someone else, a second photographer is definitely something to consider if you can squeeze it into the budget!

Good luck with all your wedding planning and decision making!


PS: Click through the images below to see more examples of wedding photography work showing the same moment captured by two different photographers.

PPS: Special thanks to Ashley, who was my awesome second photographer on all of the weddings shown in this blog post.  You should go here to see more of her amazing work!  She’s a seriously brilliant photographer!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebekah DeLine permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:50 am

    Looking at these photos makes me want to get married AGAIN – just so we could get the photography right!

    We went super inexpensive on the photography and I think that’s my biggest regret of our wedding (outside of my dress).

    Had I known such amazing photography like MRinaye’s existed, I would have insisted on the investment! I wish we had a whole book of amazing pictures like you – and your second photographer – are able to give your bride and groom!

  2. January 22, 2013 9:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Ashley Hayhurst / Photographer and commented:
    I get a lot of experience using my camera/photography skills while photographing as a second shooter for M.Rinaye Photography. This article delves into the reasons why having two photographers is better than one when it comes to hiring for your wedding. It is THE day you are photographed the most within your lifetime – why skimp on the photography?


  1. Second Shooter [filed under 'better to show than to tell'] | m.rinaye

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