I am on the cusp of all this at the moment, have done three weddings for free for close friends and family, which I got a steep learning curve and portfolio images from, at the last wedding I let them know to "word of mouth" my co-worker and I, but any referel wedding would be charged for.
I'm part of my daughters kindy commitee and my role is publicity officer, so I cover any events that the kindy holds and submit them to the commnunity paper. As it is a community kindy and we raise all the teachers wages running costs ourselfs through these events, this is my contribution for the year my daughter attends.
One mum and I have arranged a photo shoot of her young sons, for me to put in portfolio and she gets a CD. I have let her know that any referels she passes on or any other mums from the kindy will have to pay from now on. Hopefully in this small commumnity word of mouth will work for me, and as I have three young children, I can only do limeted work anyway.
My nieghboor who is my childrens babsitter, has asked me to cover her debutaunte ball, and asked for a price, I was thrilled that she thought enough of my work to be willing to pay me. I am thinking of telling her $40 per hour that I am there, and pp is on me If she wants any prints I will get them for her at a small profit, however I am aiming to make this my first "no cd of images" job!
What do you guys think, is this a fair price? Bethany is 15 years old, gets $80 a fortnight from me, and earns mony from being a vollyball referee at her school.