I guess I was wrong about the editing time...
Well, with 24 total hours (8 hrs of shooting + 16 hrs of editing) $300 comes to $12.50.
Not so good anymore, but still is $4 above minimum wage, lol.
I feel like some professional photographers believe they should be taking every single
photography/wedding job ever needed, and the amateur/students should just stay away all
together. That's ridiculous because everybody has different budgets and will spend accordingly.
5-star restaurant: highly-touted professional photographer that needed to be scheduled 1 year in advanced.
hometown dinner / greasy spoon: your cousin who takes good photos, but you may feel a bit sick about it afterwards.
Mcdonalds: your cheapo "gets-the-job-done" with snapshots, photographer.
Buffet: The photographer takes a lot of photos but none are very good.
Café: Artsy-fartsy photographer that uses old film cameras.
Bar: Please don't hire this photographer... do I need to explain?
Drive-through: The photographer gets there, sets up a few group shots, leaves his/her business cards on the dining tables and then leaves. It feels impersonable and pretty lazy.
You're aunts house: Your aunt is the photographer. Depending on how well she "cooks", you may or may not be happy with results.
Feel free to add more analogies, I had fun making these up, lol.
The moral of the story is that all those restaurants are in business because they serve a different purpose/budget/niche. When you walk into Mcdonalds, you don't expect 5-star food. And you don't expect a sommelier (wine dude) at the drive-up to berate you for your choice of eateries like that craigslist guy did.