Why have two photographers capture your wedding?
There are so many ways that wedding photographers work during events. Here are a few reasons we always use two photographers during a wedding:
- One of us can get a creative risky shot while one of us can get the traditional angle.
- Many of the moments only happen once, and there are a lot of factors that can happen during a wedding. Guests can get in the way, the subjects head might be turned the wrong way, the lighting might be wrong, the moment might be happening on the other side of the room of the photographer, are a few examples that come to mind. Having a second photographer increases the chance of getting that moment by 50%.
- Having two photographers mean we have to move around much less during candid events, making us less intrusive to you and your guests, so you can forget we are there.
- Time is often a constraint during any of the posed photos. Having two photographers gives the option for two completely different looks seconds apart. It also helps make everything move along much more efficiently with lighting, logistics, and gear.
Example 1. The first look at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Will was behind the bride with a wide-angle lens to capture to groom's reaction. He wanted to have the bride in the foreground to create some context, and the mountains, ocean and leading lines to add to the scene. Lauren was way off to the side away from the platform with our longest zoom lens to zoom in on the emotion. She tends to shoot brighter which looks great for those candid moments to focus on the reaction.
There are lots of challenges that could have happened while capturing these photos: The bride could have covered the groom's entire reaction, tourists could have walked into the photo, lighting could have changed, the groom could have turned away from the camera, etc. Having two photographers gave us a 50% more chance of getting this awesome reaction. When everything works out great, you get two completely different photos that come together to tell an amazing story.
Example 2. Epic first dance photos
Potential challenges for the balcony photos: It takes a decent amount of time to climb up the stairs, doors could be locked inside the venue, guests could cover the couple from that viewpoint, our light might not hit them correctly, the dancing couple may not face towards the camera, the potential of missing guests reactions or nice close-ups.
For this set of photos, Will stayed up top as Lauren hovered around the crowd. Will had 2 lights set up to focus light on the couple, while the guests and venue blend into the background. The close-up and directly above photos are taken milliseconds apart. These two perspectives give you two completely different looks which add to the story.
Example 3. Dramatic/candid
Example 4. The 360 capture of the ceremony
Example 5. The "landscape" shot with the nice clean classic closeup
Most of the time during portraits there is not a lot of time. We also prefer our couples to spend as much time enjoying their actual wedding and not standing around posing for photos. So we try and work efficiently to ensure you get the most bang for the time given. The couple wanted to capture "a very Vancouver scene" along with the fall colours. Like most Vancouver couples, they spend a lot of time on the seawall. So we took them to a spot that is a little quieter and away from the crowds. Will used some light to make the couple pop against the mountains, ocean, and bridge, while Lauren was on the zoom lens to the lower right of Will able to focus on the beautiful smiles of the couple as well as capture the autumn colours. These shots were taken seconds apart giving some pretty awesome variety in a short amount of time.
Example 6. Creative light along with must-have moments
Will wanted to make the couple pop on the dance floor while maintaining the ambiance of the venue. This particular lighting setup looked best mostly from this angle. We had Lauren move around the dance floor, ready for any key moments with a more flexible lighting setup. The bride wanted to get a good photo of the final dip which wasn't angled right for Wills's complex light setup. Lauren was able to move around and capturing the dip from the best angle possible.
Example 7. Accentuating the extreme weather
Is it worth having two photographers at my wedding?
Well, that's up to you. We think so as it gives so much more flexibility with the way we photograph. We have to move around less, we can get so much more creative with lighting, angles and the way we interact with our couples. Having two photographers is going to cost more but the trade-off is worth it to have the quality and variety of photos in our opinion.
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