Do I need a second wedding photographer?

As a wedding photographer, this is a question I get asked a lot by couples who are trying to figure out whether they need to budget for a second shooter or not. There isn’t really a ‘yes or no’ answer to this question, as it totally depends on your wedding, and criteria such as numbers, or the type of shots you want to capture.

I’ve worked with second photographers, and I’ve also been a second photographer supporting my colleagues in the wedding photography business. In fact, the photos used in this blog are from a wedding where we had two photographers. But more frequently I work as a solo wedding photographer, usually in venues around Cheshire and North Wales.

In my experience, couples tend to think they might need a second photographer as a way to ensure all the magic of their wedding day is captured. But at the same time, of course everyone is keen to avoid unnecessary expense if possible.

Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why you might want to consider hiring a second wedding photographer to help you decide whether this might be right for you. Also, I am always happy to answer any questions you may have so please do get in touch if you think I could help further.


Why would I need a second wedding photographer?

1. Capture Every Angle

One photographer can only be in one place at a time. With a second photographer, you can ensure that every special moment is captured from multiple angles. While your primary photographer is focusing on the couple during the ceremony, a second photographer can capture the reactions of your guests, the intricate details of the venue, and those candid moments that make your wedding unique.


2. More Comprehensive Coverage

Weddings are dynamic events with many moving parts. From the getting-ready moments to the ceremony, reception, and everything in between, there’s a lot happening throughout the day. A second photographer can help ensure that no moment goes unnoticed. They can cover different locations simultaneously, allowing for a more comprehensive documentation of your special day.

3. Different Perspectives

Each photographer brings their own unique style and perspective to the table. By hiring a second photographer, you’ll benefit from a wide range of creative shots and artistic interpretations of your wedding day. This diversity can add depth and richness to your wedding album, giving you a more varied and interesting collection of images to treasure for a lifetime.


4. Capture More Moments

With two photographers working together, you’ll be able to capture more moments throughout the day. I’ve noticed that it’s becoming more common for couples to hire a second photographer, especially if they’re having a church wedding. If your ceremony is not at your venue, then the chances are you will each be getting ready in separate locations. In that case, it’s best to have a second photographer who can shoot one group while your main photographer is with the other group.

5. You’re inviting lots of guests

Second shooters are also great for big weddings with lots of guests, or for couples who know that they want lots and lots of images.

Wedding Photographer in Cheshire and North Wales

If you’d like help on whether you need a second wedding photographer or not, I am more than happy to discuss your plans and offer advice. I’m a wedding photographer working in Cheshire, Chester, North Wales and beyond, and have over 20 years experience as a professional photographer. Get in touch today for a chat.