So I was lucky enough back in January to photograph a wedding show. At the time I was doing a story on the show and just wanted after getting all my interviews to just stay and take photos so I shot the bridal and bridesmaid fashion shows and such. Had a LOT of fun and afterwards the person who ran it asked if I could send her the photos. Even though at the time I only had my camera and a 18-55mm kit lens, she still really liked the photos and has even said they were the best in 26 years of the show (which if you've seen one of my other photo posts showcasing my work it was just so-so, even I'll admit that).
Recently she asked me to come back to the wedding show in September for their fall wedding show and be the staff photographer. This time I'd also say I'm going in a bit better skilled, not only do I have some solid lenses (the kit lens, the 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto, 50mm 1.8 prime lens, 40mm 2.8 portrait lens and a (universal) on-camera flash (attaches to the horseshoe)). So for some of the rooms that are darker, with the flash it'll help with getting better photos. Plus shooting in RAW also has in my opinion helped my photos immensely :P.
ANYWAY main reason for this topic, what should I charge for it? I will be doing this show for two days, 5:30-9 each day. So I'd love to hear what you think, should I do per hour, a base rate, whatever. I will be contacting the owner Tuesday to discuss this and any other aspects, like certain photos she really wants and I'd like to go in prepared. And do you think I should be getting a contract drawn up or something since this is a paid gig?