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asked to be a 2nd shooter for a wedding ..... how much would you charge?

 
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Jul 03, 2007 12:52 |  #1

Hi everyone.I'm usually lurking and learning......... but now I'm seeking your input!

I've been asked to be a 2nd shooter at a wedding.........

it's a 3 hour drive one way appprox and only needed for 4 hours .... ceremony and part of reception.......

and I have no idea what to charge to be a 2nd shooter for someone else... ........

input?




  
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Jul 03, 2007 13:00 |  #2
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I would say it depends totally on what your previous experience is, how much you want to do it/what your goal is and what terms the main photographer is letting you shoot under and what his currentl level is ..... could be anywhere between zero and $5,000 based on the above.


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Jul 03, 2007 13:11 |  #3
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If you have no experience in wedding photography, I would say not to charge anything, as there won't be any expectations.


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Jul 03, 2007 13:17 |  #4

If you are doing this to gain experience and maybe add to your portfolio I would say expect nothing more than maybe gas money and something to eat. I had one pro tell me he pays his second shooters around $50 for the day.

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Jul 03, 2007 13:19 as a reply to  @ italianfemmy's post |  #5

I assisted with Wedding Photography for 2 years and have been doing it on my own for 1 year,
I just know, not to charge what I would if I was doing it on my own......




  
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Jul 03, 2007 13:22 as a reply to  @ Momarazzi's post |  #6

$50 a day! Wow..... When I assisted I got paid $250!!!! But then again I'm sure the photographer I worked for spoiled me because whenI wanted to assist with another photographer he only offered me $50 a day too! I thought that was crazy........ but learned that I was just lucky! :lol:




  
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Jul 03, 2007 13:24 |  #7

Momarazzi wrote in post #3480395 (external link)
Hi everyone.I'm usually lurking and learning......... but now I'm seeking your input!

I've been asked to be a 2nd shooter at a wedding.........

it's a 3 hour drive one way appprox and only needed for 4 hours .... ceremony and part of reception.......

and I have no idea what to charge to be a 2nd shooter for someone else... ........

input?

Do it for free or no more than expenses if you must. You learn by doing...and this is an opportunity to advance your skills and learn from the Pro.


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Jul 03, 2007 13:30 |  #8
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Momarazzi wrote in post #3480561 (external link)
I assisted with Wedding Photography for 2 years and have been doing it on my own for 1 year,
I just know, not to charge what I would if I was doing it on my own......

When you say you assisted for 2 years how many actual weddings did you shoot and the same for that 1 year you shot on your own, for some people that could mean less than 10 weddings but for others it could be more than 1 hundred.

Then based on the above you need to look at other things like how much the primary is charging and how much he wants you to shoot for him, how much you value your time, your expenses etc


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Jul 03, 2007 13:40 as a reply to  @ Banbert's post |  #9

In the 2 years assisting I did 1-3 weddings a month...and on my own so far I've done 11 . So I see what you're saying..... I guess i'll just throw a figure out there and see what she thinks and go from there.

Thanks for all your input as well!

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Jul 03, 2007 13:44 |  #10
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Based on that experience you should expect reasonable compensation for your time and expenses then, I think most other peoples advice given in this thread was on the assumption that you were very new to this business as thats what it sounded like at the start of the thread.


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Jul 03, 2007 13:51 |  #11

well the whole lurking and "learning thing...... it's because no matter how good you are , there's always room to learn something new! ;-)a So I apologize, that would be my fault for starting my thread out that way ! ;-)a




  
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Jul 03, 2007 13:52 |  #12

Momarazzi wrote in post #3480561 (external link)
I assisted with Wedding Photography for 2 years and have been doing it on my own for 1 year,
I just know, not to charge what I would if I was doing it on my own......

Yep, I assumed you were a beginner like myself. As for 50 bucks is all I can say is I know it is not much but given the opportunity I would do it for free just to get experience. If I found someone to pay me $250 to assist, my yard would never get mowed on Saturdays. ;)

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Jul 03, 2007 13:54 as a reply to  @ g-money's post |  #13

LOL Greg!

I assisted the $50 photographer a couple times...... he had some knowledge to share that I was greatful to receive! So in the end it was worth it too! ;)




  
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Jul 03, 2007 14:02 |  #14

I would go somewhere between $200 - $300. If you are going to spend your money on gas and use your equipment, I would think you need to be compensated.

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Jul 03, 2007 14:17 |  #15

I would personally ask for gas money and $200. You are investing a good chunk of your day, and while the lessons are great, I would want something tangible at the end of the day. Like a flash braket, an off shoe cord and more memory!

The worst he could say is no. Afterall, he did ask you, right?


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