What is a fair price to charge for my photography?
I have been doing photography seriously as a hobby for the past 5 years or so. I have also taken a handful of basic photography and photo editing classes. Within the past year, I have started to charge others for photo sessions. I still consider myself an amateur, although reasonably skilled. I shoot with a Canon Rebel XT and although not a popular decision, I still shoot with the kit lens and recently, a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens (two very basic lenses). Because I know that I am using low-end equipment, I haven't wanted to charge too much. However, I do believe that I do fairly well with what I work with and have been wondering if it's time to bump up my pricing.
I shoot families, babies, seniors pictures, and have done 4 weddings (and being considered for more). I don't use any other fancy equipment such as lighting or props- just my camera and my computer to fix them later.
Right now, I have been charging around $50 per hour and $300 per wedding. I also post process all of my images and give my clients a disc of the digital files for them to print on their own.
For weddings, I only take jobs from people I know and those who are aiming for a low-budget wedding. I know the risks involved, so I will recommend others to hire someone with more experience if I know they have an idea of something beyond my skills. At the same time, they are helping me build my portfolio. However, with the amount of work I have put into them, as well as with the more experience I get- I do feel like it's getting to the point of raising my prices.
Here are some samples from my most recent wedding to show the quality of my photos as well as post-processing skills.
Is $50 per hour and $300 per wedding still fair for my skill and experience? Or is it time for a price bump? I want to be fair to both the client and myself.
Also, you did mentioned the background, which I had no control over. They wanted their pictures done in the backyard (either that or the front yard which was much more distracting). And yes, they were a fun group so the sunglasses and goofy poses were for them. Although out of the ~350 final images, there were more photos of them being more "serious"- one including the pose in image #4, just without the goofy faces. I did have trouble with the depth of field, as I was getting familiar with this new lens.
#5 and #6 were detail oriented as they did want to show
But thank you for the input!