I'm pretty much in your position right now. I have a full time job, I don't plan on making photography a full time gig. I'd like to get into wedding photography. I'm still fairly new. (having issues still with color balance, color casts, and at times correct exposure) But, I'm learning.
I've done a wedding with a friend, and I'll be doing two more with him this summer. He is teaching me a good deal.
I have a nikkor 70-200 on the way. I plan to purchase a D700 by mid-April. I'd like to get the 24-70 2.8 but I don't think I'll be able to swing it yet. I'll likely get a 50 1.8 to use mostly until I can get it.
I have a wedding booked for Oct. (friend) I had my 1st - what - cold call? Lead? Bride to be called me today to see if I was available and to check prices. A bit dumbfounded... I got her information and called back later.
Wedding is a 2 hour drive, with the reception being in my home town. Total of 5 hours shooting, 4 hours driving.
Now the delima, What do I ask?
I want to do this wedding. I need a wedding portfolio to start getting jobs. So, I could do it on the cheap and still make out because I need to get my foot in the door.
But, I don't want to be a budget photographer. This is fine for HS seniors - I shoot a lot of seniors for barter. But, I this is not what I am looking for with wedding photography. If I start out that way, I've been counseled, it's hard to get your rates up. (is this BS?)
So, what do you guys think I should charge?