Why Two: Do I Need Two Photographers At My Wedding?

Glamorous Garden Wedding,

So it’s been the must-have for all weddings couples over the last few years. The rise of the ‘second shooter!’ But do you really need one? What does it actually mean? And how will they help make your wedding the perfect day you’ve been dreaming of.

Having two photographers attend your wedding is a great way to ensure that your wedding will actually be photographed! What happened if one photographer had a family emergency or injured themselves? Although most photographers have great back-up plans for this type of situation, having another photographer guaranteed to turn up already is just fool-proof really!

Outdoor Garden Ceremony

You might have all the perfect ideas of how your wedding photos will look, but occasionally us photographers come against limitations on where and how we can shoot. This is particularly true during the ceremony, we may be told not to move during the service, or only to stand on one side. This is where having two photographers covering two angles can really help. This way we can easily capture everything you want without upsetting the person taking the ceremony, getting you in trouble and still remaining super subtle!

Outdoor Garden Ceremony

Wedding days involve A LOT of people management, and you can often end up with wondering Grandparents who are meant to be in a family group shot. So having one person finding family members, telling them where they need to be and advising on when we’ll need them for photos, whilst the other person is actually taking the photos always makes the day run so much smoother. (And makes the group shots much quicker- So more time for champagne!)

Bridesmaids, Groomsman Group Shot

One little last thing to think about is whether your photographer is offering ‘two photographers’ or a ‘second shooter’. You may not think there is much difference between the two, but there is! A second shooter could be someone who regularly works with your photographer or may just be a junior starting out who has never worked with that photographer before. They don’t know their style, their work flow, or know anything about you as a couple. Or the photographer (like us!) may be a kick-ass awesome-twosome! That is two, fully equipped, fully capable, wedding photography experts, who work together on every wedding and are fully committed to each couple and their big day.

Two Wedding Photographers

So there you go, I think you can probably tell that we think that having two photographers at your wedding day is definitely the way to go and takes the stress out of planning. If you want to know a little more about how we work together then click here to hear more (and meet Poppy the Cavapoo, the brains behind the whole operation!)

2017 - A year in the making!

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2017 - A year in the making!

And here we are already... with our wedding season only just having drawn to a close we are blogging a round up of our whirlwind 2017 for you all to see. It's hard not to go on and on about how lucky we are because, boy we are! The fantastic journeys we have with our brides and grooms every year means we end up friends with so many genuinely amazing couples... And often their furry friends (piglet this shout out is aimed at you!). 

2017- Well, 2017 saw us eat copious quantities of wedding cake, pick and mix and cheese during our first cheese and wine tasting reception! What a treat! It saw Nicole cry at every single speech and certainly produced some exquisite shapes on the dance floor. It was also a year of firsts, our first weekend where we shot more than a single wedding, a first holiday for Stephanie in years (she works far too hard) and also a first, one of our couples is expecting a bundle of joy next year!

With such an incredible year comes lots of learning and developing. And what we have taken away from 2017 is the amazing relationship we have with our clients that we build right from their first email to the final delivery of their images. This is something we only want to improve more and more each year, so with this in mind we have decided to limit the amount of weddings we will be shooting for 2018, this way we can insure that each and every couple has the exclusive experience we offer. If you're interested having us be a part of your day then please get in touch as we now have only 4 dates left for 2018! 

Thank you again, to all our wonderful clients and suppliers that we have worked with throughout 2017 it has been a pleasure. Now time to roll on 2018! 

S&N xx

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Wedding Industry Awards Regional Finalists!

This week has been one filled with huge excitement as we discovered that we have been awarded a place as a Regional Finalist at The Wedding Industry Awards. Can you believe it? We'd like to say thank you, as we've have been absolutely blown away by the incredible support of our wonderful couples and friends!

As you can imagine we are beaming ear to ear with this news. Looking back at what has been our most wonderful first wedding season makes us so unbelievably happy, hopefully there are many more to come. Thank you to all of our 2016 brides & grooms who have made this possible, here are some of our highlights below. 

The winner of the awards will be revealed on the 16th November at The Granary Barns in Woodditton, Suffolk - wish us luck.


Hello 2016

What can we say, 2015 has been a whirlwind for us, and we just wanted to write a little something to say thank you for the support we have received over the last couple of months.

Having seen the popularity for two photographers at weddings grow over the last couple of years and the opportunity to start a new business venture together we both set out in March with the same idea. Create a business for brides and grooms that would make their day run just that bit more smoothly and at the same time expand our photography into a genre that we both love. 

This was not only an exciting venture but a challenging one for the both of us. We spent six months creating and researching the business with the plan of launching in October. Since then we have attended a Goodwood wedding fair meeting lots of lovely brides and grooms, had numerous cups of coffee and cake over consultations and finalised a number of bookings for 2016 and 2017. 

We are overwhelmed with the support from friends, family and local businesses and cant wait to meet more excited couples to talk over their big days. 

So here is to 2016, sure to be full of happy couples- it’s going to be a big year for us.

Stephanie & Nicole. x