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I suggest that you start by asking for $100-$150 for the first shoot. If they don’t want to pay you this because they are unsure of your capabilities, ask what they want to pay you then decide whether or not you want the gig. Just remember that no matter what you charge the first time, you can ALWAYS change your rate for future gigs. The only way you’ll be pigeon holed into accepting what you charged this time for future gigs is if you let it happen. You get to choose what you charge….just remember that you are really only worth what you can convince someone to pay. Some people that should only get paid $150 succeed in getting paid $400 and vice versa. However, keep in mind that good work usually results in fair pay.
As you shoot more gigs and build your confidence and reel, start charging what you feel comfortable charging. I agree that the rate for an experienced second camera should run between $250 to $400 for an entire day. The longer the day, the more you should charge. Just make sure you are giving the person hiring you the best you can offer. I mean work your tail off every second of the wedding. You represent them so do your best to make them look great! Working hard and shooting excellent footage will result in you getting more gigs than you can handle. You could make great money being a second camera operator for a handful of videographers in your market. Then, supplement the income by offering editing services to the same group of editors.