I’d venture to say that in our area, the San Francisco Bay Area / Wine Country, having a two photographer team at your wedding is the norm. Maybe it’s true everywhere for that matter, but I often get the sense when meeting clients that they don’t fully know why two is better than one. Well, here are my musings on the subject.
Two people can be in two places at the same time. I know, that seems obvious. I’m not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence here, so let me demonstrate how this fact comes into play at a wedding. Starting off with getting ready photos, usually Lisa & I will both arrive wherever the bride is getting ready. There’s usually more action around the bride, so having us both swoop in for coverage makes sense. Sooner or later though, one of us will break off to connect with the groom. Lisa will be getting shots of the bride putting on her dress while I am in a room of barley-dressed guys drinking (I kid, but only a little). The groom time may only be 15 minutes, but I’ll get some cool shots of shaving, tying ties, fumbling with cuff links… general photos of a nervous guy getting ready to take a very big step in life. But here is the real beauty of this arrangement, both photographers can work in an un-rushed fashion. No stressing about ‘Ok let’s get this dress on, I need to run to the groom…’ One of the biggest assets of our skill set is the ability to keep things relaxed and fun, and rushing around running late is neither relaxed nor fun.
Another occasion when Lisa and I tend to part ways is during cocktails. Most of the time, I will be doing the bulk of the photos of the bride and groom, aka the romantics. This is especially true if we haven’t done a first look session. So while I’m shooting the romantics, Lisa can head to the cocktail hour and take advantage of the best time to get guest photos. Again, no rushing to get one thing done so as not to miss the other.
The second main advantage to having two photographers is capturing two perspectives on the same moment. Our style of photography relies on lots of candid images, so there is no re-enacting things. Action and reaction both tell the story of the wedding, and by having two photographers we can get both perspectives at once. On a technical side, each photographer can have a different lens covering the same action/reaction. Lisa tends to like long lenses which allow close up/tight photos even from a distance, while I will get a bit closer to the action with wider angle lenses. The same instant shot with two different lenses give distinctly different interpretations of that moment.