Gist of my question: I agreed to be a paid 2nd shooter, and received an inquiry for a wedding on the same date. What is the etiquette here? Overall question: How does one navigate the waters of working as a primary wedding photographer and booking 2nd shooter gigs for the days you do not have booked? What if you are asked to 2nd shoot a wedding 6+ months in advance--when you could potentially book a wedding for much more money? I am new to wedding photography and while I've read lots of advice on how to be a good 2nd shooter at a wedding, I can find very little on the booking etiquette. I understand not backing out of a 2nd shooter gig at the last minute, but what about far in advance? I can see both sides: obviously the primary wants to have another person as back up/assistant/extra set of eyes, and obviously a 2nd shooter would much rather make $2500k rather than $500. Any general advice?