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Photography duos are popping up everywhere these days, warning brides that a solo photographer just can’t do it alone. Unsurprisingly, photographers have been shooting weddings solo for decades just fine. So when do you need that second photographer?

You really want photos of both the bride and the groom getting ready…but they’re going to be at different locations miles apart.

I’ve actually photographed a groom who was getting ready at a hotel 30 miles from the bride but this was worked into the timeline. If these photos are important to you and you’d rather have your photography coverage be more spread out, a second photographer is definitely suggested.

Your church is really, really strict.

There are churches which are very strict when it comes to photography. Some don’t allow it at all, some do allow it but the photographer must stay in the same spot throughout the entire duration of the ceremony. The same spot. Talking to your officiant about the ceremony rules and restrictions will help you determine if adding a second photographer to your day will help you gain another perspective (note: this is strictly referring to churches which do not allow any movement by the photographer at all).

Your guest list is huge.

Is your invite list maxing out past 300 guests? It will be difficult for a single photographer to photograph them all, but by adding a second shooter you’ll have plenty of photos to look back on of the people you love the most.

Your timeline is really crunched.

Do you only have 10 minutes for all of your formal photographs? Adding a second shooter can help run through group shots, with one photographer focusing on the bride (bridesmaids, family, etc) and the other on the groom (groomsmen, family, etc).


Still unsure if you need a second photographer or not? Bring up your concerns when meeting with solo photographers.


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