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| p.1 #4 · Second photogs pay scale...? |
I really do not understand why it is so hard to figure out how much to pay 2nd shooters.
It is part of the business model.
Lets see ...search on the topic here.
Do you know any other shooters you can network with? Talk about the local rate.
just for starters ..... what is a hourly rate you are willing to pay?
what kind of experience do you get for that rate?
by your amount you charge.... looks like it will be low per/hr.
if you network with local shooters you can get a better quality shooter to come in and help you.
Plus you get the...Show more →
I did a search and found little, and it has never been part of my business model. I have never really wanted, nor felt like I needed a second in the past, starting from my film days. However, it has been brought up in conversation with brides more lately than ever before, and my knees would appreciate it too. I see alot of photogs in the closest metro city (about 45 min. away, with a very young pop. roughly 135k) advertising 2nd photogs as a norm almost. "Get this package and get a 2nd photog!" Doing little research and networking on local photog forums, you quickly discover most of them are very new to the profession (but still charge quite a bit) and have other "day jobs" to supplement. You can also tell many of the relationships were created in the local college photography program. Thus, when you look across 6-8 different websites, you see the same weddings posted on various ones as they build their portfolios and that they themselves aren't incredibly busy, it's just that they "share" shoots. I saw one session where there were something like 5 photogs representing their individual "studios" at it. Great for the brides I guess, however I'm now getting requests for more shooters too. In my small town, there are only 2 other established photogs, and they work solo as well. I want to approach others, but simply wanted advice on how others formulate their decision (package percentage, flat rate, etc.) Obviously skill is a determining factor, and the longer we work together, the better we can share a similar vision. But from what I can tell from many of my "local" colleagues, most are in the practice of 2nd shooting for portfolio and charging ridiculous rates for themselves, which explains the above.
And yes my packages don't compare to what others charge nationwide maybe, I live in rural Minnesota. That is why I was curious if some pay out based on a "percentage" of their packages. Where I live, you can pick up a 3 bedroom 2 bath house on an acre for 100k, give or take.