Keri in Wichita says:
I’m shooting 15+ houses a week. I outsource my post-processing. And have occasionally hired a 2nd shooter when I get too busy. I really have not established a percentage to pay the 2nd photographer. I just pay $75-$100 per shoot which is about 60-75% of my rate. What are your thoughts on hiring a second shooter?
I think your question gets at a classic and important question for independent real estate photographers: When and why should you hire additional shooters. I think there are several underlying facts that you have to consider:
Readers here on PFRE have demonstrated that both single shooter and multiple shooter operations are very viable. The primary owner of the business needs to be clear about whether they want to run a more creative business where the quality and your personality attracts clients, or run a high volume business where you compete on price. Your location is a factor in this decision.
The most important factor is what is your motivation for being in business?