Upload & Sell: Off
This thread is entertaining as AlexHibbert clearly wanted to pay someone $700 to do a wedding shoot, then somehow has been acting like it was going to be $1500 all along. "Not crazily over" doesn't jump to $1500 where I come from. You wrote it, own it.
But then things took another turn when people criticize others for taking the higher amount, $1500, and act like they're ruining the wedding photography biz. Like jcolman, I couldn't find anyone to let me 2nd shoot this year when I got started. So like him, I took to Craigslist and did a free wedding, a $500 wedding and a couple $950 weddings. I'm pretty sure the Chicago wedding photography biz collapsed immediately upon this happening.
Not a single FMer ever took me on as a 2nd. I did get a few gigs from DigitalWeddingForum, so I 2nd shot in Mississippi for $300, then in Detroit for $350, and someone local got me for $280. I didn't care. I needed to shoot and build a portfolio. Most local photogs weren't interested in me because I didn't have the experience of 2nd shooting 25 or more weddings. So they took a CL shooter with a kit camera or whatever over me, who was committed enough to invest in a D4, all the necessary lenses, four speed lights, and all the backup equipment one would need. I especially remember one girl who saw my website and was going to hire me, then realized I had only 2nd shot a couple weddings. She took a CL photog instead, and six months later, I'm pretty sure my prices are now at least as high as hers.
It just strikes my nerve when FMers are so adamant about newbies doing their thing as a 2nd before they accept low-paying primary gigs. If you won't hire a newbie as a 2nd, don't demand it. I don't even know why I'm bothering responding as it never changes. That's why I don't usually venture onto this part of the FM forum, even though I consider myself a full-time wedding photographer.