How to Decide Between One or Two Photographers for Your Scottish Wedding

So you’ve started to plan your Scottish wedding, and now you’re pondering, “Should I go with one or two wedding photographers?”

As a wedding photographer who’s had the joy of documenting many weddings here in Scotland, I’m here to share some insights to help you make the right decision for your wedding.

Choosing a Single Photographer for Your Cosy Wedding

For those snug and intimate weddings, often found in Scotland’s cosy venues or set against the stunning backdrop of the Highlands, one photographer might be all you need.

Why Two Photographers are Ideal for Large Scottish Weddings

However, having two wedding photographers can make a big difference, especially for big weddings or those with lots of details.

With two photographers, you’ll get better coverage, from the big views of your Scottish venue to the close-up moments between you and your guests. They can give you different views, adding depth to your wedding album.

Also, they can be in two places at once, like when the bride and groom are getting ready separately.

Personal Insight: One or Two Photographers?

So, what’s the verdict? Well, it’s really up to you. While I understand that might not be the definitive answer you were hoping for, the choice truly boils down to the unique needs and dynamics of your wedding.

Here’s what having one or two photographers could mean for your wedding.

If you opt for two photographers, my second shooter and I can split up in the morning during prep, and my second can also snap your guests arriving. This is a big win if the prep is happening at a different location from the ceremony.

If it’s all happening under one roof, I can zip around the prep areas and ceremony setup solo. But with two photographers, the banter level is off the charts! More photographers mean more images, but it’s all about what fits your budget. If you’re on the fence, let’s chat and figure out what’s best for you.

You’ll also want to think about the:

  • Size and feel of your day: Have a think about whether you’re planning a big bash or a more intimate gathering. This will help you decide how many photographers you’ll need to capture the vibe of your day. If you are looking to have 100+ wedding guests, it might be worth considering having two photographers. While I can easily manage a big crowd on my own, a second photographer means you’ll have more candid photos of your guests while I work on family group photos.
  • Layout of your venue: Consider the layout of your venue. If it’s spread out or has lots of nooks and crannies, having an extra pair of hands (and lenses) might be a good idea.
  • Your budget: It’s important to think about what you’re comfortable spending on photography. Remember, it’s all about finding the right balance for you.
  • What feels right: At the end of the day, it’s about what feels right for you and your partner. Trust your gut feeling on this one.
  • Your wedding day timeline: Have a think about how your day is going to unfold. If there are lots of events happening at the same time, two photographers could be a real asset.

Working with Your Photographer(s)

Clear communication is key. Share your vision and must-have shots, and plan a timeline that allows for the best photographic opportunities. Make sure your photographer(s) are familiar with your Scottish venue and any specific traditions or aspects you want to highlight.

One of the perks of having me as your wedding photographer is that I’ve had the pleasure of shooting at many stunning venues here in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire that I’m familiar with.

Some of my favorite venues include Logie Country House, Aswanley, the Barn at Barra Castle, Meldrum House, Maryculter House, Netherdale House, Elsick House, Cluny Castle, Crathes Castle, and Ballogie House.

I’ve photographed so many lovely weddings that it’s impossible to list every venue. But rest assured, I’m always excited to explore new wedding venues!

The Final Shot: Wrapping Up Your Photography Plan

Choosing between one or two photographers for your Scottish wedding is a personal decision that depends on various factors. By considering the unique aspects of a wedding in Scotland and the benefits of having two photographers, you can make an informed choice that ensures your day is captured beautifully and comprehensively.

If you’re planning your Scottish wedding and need guidance on choosing your photographer(s), please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I’d be honoured to discuss your plans and help you document the magic of your Scottish wedding.

Discover what it’s like to have me as your wedding photographer.