Why You Should Have A Second Wedding Photographer | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Lauren Baker Photography Minnesota wedding and engagement photographer Second Wedding Party

I love when I’m able to bring one of my team members as a second wedding photographer to one of my weddings. Most of my wedding collections include one because second photographers help me serve my clients better.

While not all of my collections include a second photographer (though they can always be added), and not every wedding needs one, I do think every wedding benefits from have two photographers on site.

Lemme tell you why.

1. We Can Be In Multiple Locations At The Same Time

With two people, we can be in two places at once. This allows us to photograph both your and your fiancé’s side of the wedding day story, therefore lets us tell the complete story of your wedding day.

2. The Same Moment Is Told From Two Perspectives

Bride and groom hug after first look

Image this: we’re about to go into your first look with your soon-to-be spouse. He or she turns around to see you for the first time. With one photographer, we only capture your partner’s reaction. With two photographers, we can capture both of your reactions.

Here’s another example. We’re taking couple photos and I’m taking a wide shot with a wide angle lens. At the same time, my second photographer, who is on a telephoto zoom lens, takes a close up intimate portrait of the same moment. Both photos happen at the same time but tell two completely different romantic stories.

3. You Have More Portrait Time

When there’s a single photographer for a wedding, she’s using 100% of the time photographing everything. With two photographers, we can do two things at once and spend the same amount of time doing those things.

For example: When it’s time to take wedding party portraits, once we’ve taken photos of the entire group we can split into groups: I’ll take the bridesmaids and work for 15 minutes while my second photographer takes the groomsmen. If my second photographer wasn’t there, I’d have to split that 15 minutes between two groups. More time equals more variety and more poses per group.

4. More Images Are Delivered

Bride and groom pose by trees

Because we’re able to photograph multiple locations at the same time, two perspectives at the same time, and have more portrait time with two photographers, you’ll end up with more photos than you would if you just had one photographer photographing your wedding.

5. Two Heads Are Better Than One

wedding party laughing and smiling

It’s somewhat similar to improv troupes in the sense that my second photographer and I can bounce ideas off of each other and make our original ideas better. And heaven forbid we run into a snag, we can help each other out of it. Team work man, ain’t it great?!

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- Josie and Scott

Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.

Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!

- Amy and Luke

We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!

Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!


There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!

Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!

- Alisa AND Adam

Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!

Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!

- Emma AND Erik

My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a  calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.

Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!

- Haley AND Erick

I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!

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