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What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


Iím in the New England and was curious what second shooters average per wedding / hr.?

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Mar 29, 2022 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


Here in So Cal, quality second shooters command $75-100 per hour.


Mar 29, 2022 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


We're in Colorado and are currently at $65/hr


Mar 29, 2022 at 11:36 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


When I was in Boston around 6 years ago it was $50/hr. I'd probably pay a little more now for a talented shooter.


Mar 31, 2022 at 08:32 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


Depends on the market, truly. In MI it can range from $25-50/hr, but we firmly believe that you get what you pay for. We pay our seconds $100-150/hr, on average.


Mar 31, 2022 at 08:47 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


In CT... photographers typically offer between $40-$65 per hour depending on experience. I charge $750 flat for 8 hour day.


Apr 03, 2022 at 08:46 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


In Montreal it's $50-75/h


Apr 05, 2022 at 01:45 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


NYC I'm seeing people post $50-65/hr usually when looking for second shooters.

I second for $100+/hr.



Apr 12, 2022 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


2nd shooters.... i see people post for 2nd shooting jobs and their rates....
And think they are not worth that!!

I know... because i have worked with them and/or have edited their work for another photographer.
At least here in Dallas, TX.

I see from 50-$65hr. Very few i would pay $100hr.... I do have a fellow shooter i do end up paying that much.
But the guy is good and has led many weddings himself. Bonus: he is a blast to shoot with.

Most 2nd shooter ask way more than they are worth.


"Hey look... i have my one camera and flash... and another flash on a stand. Me a lead wedding photographer..."



Apr 12, 2022 at 10:58 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


Back in Virginia, I would pay for performance. $25 an hour or a flat rate for a newbie Sometimes $100 an hour for someone I could trust and know that they would get me very usable content.

I love to shoot 2nd, as I never get to be second on my own events. It's fun to get all of the things that the main is missing. I have been to a few weddings where I watch the main and the 2nd missing lots of great key moments that I would have gotten.

I try to hire a 2nd that has a very different shooting style and focus's on things that are noteworthy to them. I like a second that is focused on details that I might overlook or things that I am missing. Sometimes I give the 2nd a top ten list.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


I have shot for people for a flat 300$ and have payed a 2nd shooter 400$ for the day.


Apr 27, 2022 at 12:16 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


Just to be clear, you have paid a second shooter $1500 for a 10 hour wedding?


May 02, 2022 at 01:05 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


It's been quite a while since I hired a 2nd shooter or been one myself.

The last couple I helped out a friend who helped me out.

I enjoyed working with a second shooter but after being let down a couple of times I decided it wasn't worth the hassle.




May 02, 2022 at 06:45 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


I pay a flat $800 for 8 hours or $500 for 4 hours. The amount paid is for an experienced photographer who is capable and has the equipment to operate independently.


Jun 20, 2022 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


wow..that's pretty good price for 2nd shooter. Do second shooter have to edit too or just shoot and deliver RAW files? I'm in Virginia and did many as second shooters but no where I get paid over the amount you guys mention here. I can shoot different wedding styles ( I mean culturally), and efficient in OCF as well.


Jun 25, 2022 at 07:06 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


Iím in MA and I typically pay $50 an hour. I think once you get closer to to Boston, qualified photogs will get more..


Jun 26, 2022 at 08:19 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


I pay mine $550/day. Somedays are 7-8 hours for him, some days are 10-11 so that's around $60/hr I guess on average. I second on occasion and my friends have been very generous and have paid me $100 or so.


Jun 27, 2022 at 11:49 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


When I am charging clients for two photographers I need to provide a second photographer that can produce as if they fail for any reason then I fail with my contract.

Equipment is important and I expect the second photographer to have two pro bodies, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses and two speedlights (one is a backup).

I review a DVD of their last wedding to see how good they are both technically and in working with adults who are strangers and in putting them at ease.

Be careful in terms of your liabilty insurance that it covers the second photographer as well as yourself. If they are involved in any kind of accident and you do not have insurance the costs for legal fees, win or loose, can put you out of business.



Jun 27, 2022 at 05:00 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?


I think in NYC is from $65 to $100 per hour.


Jun 29, 2022 at 01:01 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · What's an average rate for a second wedding shooter per hour?



So is second shooter someone who is hired by the main photographer to assist? Or by the customer?

Do customers usually know the second shooter is a third party hire on the photography team?

Is this primarily for redundancy or more event coverage? Or both?

Just curious.



Jul 04, 2022 at 08:08 PM
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