Should you get a second wedding photographer?

The question of adding a second photographer for your wedding is a common one in the Minneapolis area, where our weddings include more guests than the national average, and our wedding photographer options plentiful.  Every photographer does things differently when it comes to second photographers.  Even wedding blogs will give you a different opinion on if you need a second photographer.   So how do you know if you need one?

Here are five reasons I recommend a second wedding photographer for your Minnesota Wedding:

Your guest count is high.

This the number one reason you should consider a second photographer.  The national average wedding guest count is 126 according to the 2019 Wedding Report.  I regularly see guest counts of around 250 at Minnesota weddings.  If you have over 150 guests a second wedding photographer is worth investing in.

A large guest count means a large venue, big ceremony space, and more action happening all at once.  I’ve photographed weddings where I can barely get to the other side of the room because it’s full of people.  Two photographers give you the best chance of not missing the moments that happen quickly.


Your wedding schedule is hectic.

You’re not having a first look, or you’re having a first look but it needs to be super quick.  There are points in the day you will be in completely separate locations from your partner and you want pictures of both.   You only have one hour to get every single family, wedding party, and individual portrait.   All situations where a second photographer is a good idea.  Two photographers can get through portraits faster than one and go to separate locations if needed.

You need very large group portraits.

If you need a very large group photographed, a second photographer is a good idea.  Chances are this also means you have a high guest count for your wedding anyway.  Wedding parties of more than 20 people, family pictures with 50 or more people in them.  All times when a second photographer is very, very helpful.  A second photographer will be able to help pose the group, wrangle up people, and keep watch for details that one photographer might miss when working with a huge group of people in a time crunch.


You want lots of variety in your photos.

A second photographer gives variety.  Most often second photographers that shoot with me have their own business too, so they’re experienced and have a unique style to contribute to your photos.  Two photographers mean two different angles of everything, which will give you more variety and more pictures in less time.

A really good wedding kiss!

Sometimes everything happens at once.

One photographer can only catch so many moments.  If something is happening behind me and in front of me, I have to make a split-second choice on what I’m shooting.  If I have a second photographer beside me both things can be photographed.

The biggest thing to be aware of is no two weddings are the same.

Even at the same venue or with similar schedules.  Every wedding is different.  The best way to know if you’ll need a second photographer is to talk about it with your photographer before you book. Be upfront on how many guests are expected, how many locations you’ll travel to the day of the wedding, and what your expectations are for your wedding photos. When I shoot a wedding by myself I do catch a lot of amazing moments.  A second photographer can add a lot of value and variety to your pictures.

I’d love to talk to you about your wedding plans and help you decide what will be best for your photography.

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