This is a question we often get asked and tend to hear when couples are deciding on their photographer/s. Since we are a photographer duo, there is a certain bias here, but we can honestly say that no, you don’t NEED a second photographer on your wedding day or elopement, but we will also say with utmost enthusiasm that yes, we highly recommend having one.
The reason for this is simple: two photographers mean two different perspectives. On such an important milestone and event such as your wedding day, having two points-of-view can ultimately give you a more diverse look into what transpired during your event. Having one photographer will give you all that you need, but having a second storyteller will allow them to deliver you with all the necessary shots and then some.
Here are some examples of what we mean of the same scenes but through two different perspectives:
Aside from getting different angles during the same moments, having two photographers will also allow them to photograph separately and capture moments that are happening at different places at the same time.
As always final decisions should always be up to you BOTH. We always recommend sitting down together and coming up with a laid back list of pros and cons. This way you can guarantee that you made the right choice that is good for the two of you. Some things to consider when deciding: are you getting ready together, how many guests you have, your wedding venues for both the ceremony and reception, the space and how expansive it is, your timeline, and many more. As photographers AND a duo that work very well and complement each other’s work, we are clearly for having two wedding photographers no matter what. You get different perspectives, potentially capture more moments happening at the same time, and gain two friends by the end of it ;)