Hello everyone! Happy New Year! I can’t believe its 2016! 2016 Brides: are you freaking out yet?! *Breath* Lol.
So! This post is the first of my FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) because lately, this is one that I seem to get often: “Should I hire different photographers for different days?”
I can totally appreciate how so many brides find themselves in this predicament – our weddings are three days, sometimes more, and long weekends are usually prime real estate for the functions. Meaning, wedding photographers get booked, and fast. (Future brides: let that be a lesson to you – lock the photographer down early!)
I myself was never faced with this issue: we used Mir Anwar Photography for all three of our days + engagement shoot! Would I have wanted different photographers for each day? To be honest, probably not. Although we actually haven’t made our wedding album yet (I know, I know! It’s been 2 years!) when we do, I plan on creating it so that it starts with the mehndi photographs, which flow into the shaadi photographs which then conclude with the valima photographs. I know some people see each event as a separate thing on its own, but to me, when I think about the wedding, especially after time has passed, it’s just one big blur peppered with very special moments. The joy of the mehndi, captured by our friends’ and families’ dance moves, and our elated reactions; the moment my brother walked me down the aisle on the shaadi; making dua (saying a prayer) with my new husband next to me after our nikah; walking in together as Mr. and Mrs. on our valima… to me, none of this is separate, this was all our wedding – indeed, our big, fat, Pakistani wedding. Every photographer has their own style and to have the same style reflected throughout each of our days, especially together in one album, will aesthetically, simply flow. For example, I felt like Mir’s style was softer and whimsical (what I wanted) whereas some photographers’ books were much sharper / editorial . The contrast of those two types of styles in one album could look jarring.
And, now for the counter argument: one of my biggest regrets from our wedding is not having a second shooter. We didn’t realize that this would even be necessary – it was only after the fact that when we were looking through pictures, we wished we had pictures of some other moments – but that would have been impossible because one photog can only be in one place! So, if you have a wedding where you hire a photographer and they bring with them a second (or third, or four shooter) then, how is their view/lens any different than hiring a different photographer all together for a different event? And that diversity of lenses – artists seeing and capturing things in different ways – would probably make for a variety of interesting and great pictures!
Ultimately, if I was in that pickle – I had the photographer that I wanted for all but one days – and really needed to go with someone else for the event outstanding, I would just do it *as long as I liked them, their work, and their prices points as much as the first.* Ultimately, then, you will receive good photographs capturing the special moments of your wedding – and in the end, that’s all you’re going to want.
Good luck! And for anyone that did have this experience, share your thoughts below!