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Sep 15, 2013 17:46 |  #1

Hi All,

How much do you pay a good 2nd shooter in a high income metropolitan area, for an all day shoot, including shooting the groom getting ready? No editing required. Is $300 fair? I had a 2nd shooter asking for $500 and thought that was a bit steep.

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Sep 15, 2013 18:11 |  #2

Here's a past discussion about the topic...

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1316290


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Sep 15, 2013 18:17 |  #3

Thanks, I did a search but came up empty handed.


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Sep 15, 2013 18:22 |  #4

When I second shoot, I usually get about 10% of whatever we get paid. Now, I'm good friends with the main guy I shoot with, so we have come to an agreement on that. Its usually about $200-250.


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Sep 15, 2013 18:28 |  #5

$500 is worth it if they kick ass.


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Sep 15, 2013 20:28 |  #6

These days I'm looking to pay $45-50 per hour. I'd only have someone I'd be happy shooting as a main. That said I rarely use a second.


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Sep 16, 2013 09:55 |  #7

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #16299204 (external link)
$500 is worth it if they kick ass.

yup.

i was offered $250 for a day as a "new" second shooter in a mid sized market for a high end group of photographers. Had I taken the offer, i would expect to be earning more quickly. Maybe $350.


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Sep 16, 2013 15:47 |  #8

When you get to DC, 500 sounds good to me. Plus, I liked your FB page, so that counts for something right? ;)

Really, like others have said, I guess it depends. If the second is providing you with portfolio worthy images, the 500 or even more seems reasonable depending on how much the couple paid.


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Sep 16, 2013 15:53 |  #9

In DC I've seen offers for $100 and as high as $500. I personally am not super interested if it's not between $25 and $50 and that's typically what I pay a second.


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Sep 16, 2013 17:14 |  #10

thanks guys


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Sep 17, 2013 12:44 |  #11

depending on the gig, i pay my second shooter between 250-350 (depends on how long i need him) he is quite good as well.



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Oct 18, 2013 12:00 as a reply to  @ irishguy0224's post |  #12

Welcome to DC! Shoot me a note if you need a hand sometime.

All prices are fair. The real question is: What's it worth to you?

Sometimes, paying $50 to have someone you barely know help you load-in and load-out equipment can really make your day. Sometimes, paying $1000 to have someone to can trust to get difficult shots is worth it. It depends on what value-added the second shooter provides for you: sometimes an extra hand is non-essential; sometimes it is critical to the success of the gig. Pay will vary based on this, as well as what you are able to charge the client.

There is nothing wrong with someone asking for $500 to shoot for you. After all, they have to clear the day and devote it to you, regardless of whether they are a 1st or 2nd or 3rd shooter. There is nothing wrong with you offering less or looking elsewhere. We each know what is right for us for that day.

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Oct 18, 2013 13:49 |  #13

George Street Photo pays $30/hr for 2nd shooters.


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Oct 18, 2013 15:40 |  #14

I pay usually 200-300. If I have my "partner" come out for a super important gig he gets $500. Not that every wedding isn't super important, but he's basically a clone... 8-10 hour day, primes. Now that I have some regulars it's awesome, but I also got great results recruiting from the local university. They are super eager to learn and creative, as opposed to someone winging it.


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Oct 19, 2013 12:34 |  #15

Full day as in how many hours? In my city, 40/hr is the market price for a seasoned 2nd shooter.


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