Part time, home based and a low cost base is a very smart way entering into the domestic photography industry as it minimises risk and allows you to grow organically without over investing financially.
And I recommend that most photographers start out like that. Because many find out that they don't really want to be in business. That is exactly how I started out. But I didn't start out shooting $500 or free weddings, either.
@Thomas: Do you not think a given photography market should exhibit a full range of pricing options that are at least in part commensurate with the ability and experience of the photographer ? Is it not possible that the OP is providing a 'professional quality service' and yet is nonetheless on the lower end of the creativity or experience spectrum and should be charging accordingly ?
I absolutely believe there should be a lower and higher end with many options in between. However, I don't think people should be pretending to be in business while not charging sustainable rates.
What other industry do you see people charging money, but intentionally losing money at a business? What other industry do you see people pretending to be a professional before they have acquired the requisite skills and experience? Why is photography so different?
It is interesting and good advice to say that $225 is too cheap for the industry or area but it cannot be said that it is unprofitable in my circumstances.
No, it is absolutely easy to say you are unprofitable. But you possibly aren't paying taxes. You possibly aren't charging sales tax. You are taking a little cash on the side for your hobby.
that I am "unprofitable" when he has no idea about me or my business so I apologize if in response I came off as a little annoyed!
I don't need to know every little accounting you have to know that $225 including a disc is an unprofitable venture. I don't need to know who you are. I don't need to know how little gear you have or anything of the sort. I do need a solid understanding of the industry and the costs associated with running a small business - which I have.
it cannot be said that it is unprofitable in my circumstances.
It absolutely can be said and you can't refute it with anything but emotion because you don't understand your true costs of doing business.