Hello, about 2 years ago I was asked to photograph a friends wedding. For a number of years I've been a product photographer in a studio so I assume that's why she asked. I said yes as it was a few months away. I then thought I'd best go and buy my own camera and flash (canon 500D + jessops flash with 18-55 & 70-300 tamron kit). I got some books and practiced pretty hard...
my current website is www.lewismaxwell.co.uk although I'm in the process of setting up a proper wedding photography site and only have my first 3 weddings on there...
10 weddings later and I'm thinking of starting to charge for them.
I basically limit myself to a 7D with a 17-85mm and a 60D with a 28mm
I carry all my other lenses just in case but they rarely come out of the bag. I'm waiting until next month to see if this 6D comes out, if not then I'll get a 5D mk ii. I'm not rich by any means and treat my photography out of the company I work for (as a commercial product photographer) as a hobby, hence the free weddings.
How much should I be charging as pretty much a beginner/non pro? I do make people aware that that it's not my proper job.
I've had a few enquiries for weddings next summer and quoted £400, but I think that may put some people off.
You have to charge enough to cover Gas, food, Insurance, cost of prints, web hosting and any rental stuff you'll need. Thats the base.
Now, How much to you want to make for your time? 10$ an hour? 25$ an Hour? 50$ per Hour?
Real physical expense's - 500$
Total Labor time - 20 Hours x 10$/ hour = 200$
Basic Cost for shooting a wedding - 700$ + Tax.