I make a decent living as well, and photography is a hobby first, and small (but growing) 2nd income 2nd. But $1,100 (Cash) for 9 hours of work is $122/hr for something most people here would do for free. That does seem like pretty good compensation for me. He he, had similar experience. I had one dad complaining that his son was on fewer images than the others, after a 3-day tournament. And a mom complaining that her son was in the second row of the team image, on the side, next to a larger boy, which made him look small and insignificant
I do photograph my child's soccer team as well as coach, and I find the dealing with the parents part extremely frustrating. I was once confronted by Dad who was pissed because I had given the Mom a CD full of photos. They were not married and he wanted to know where his CD was. This was a man I had never seen at a game, and was not a polite "Hey, sorry for the bother, but me and the Mrs don't get along, could I...". To me that was the best part of this job, avoiding all that.
I shoot basketball for my daughter's school. My daughter plays forward and she rarely touches the ball.
Partly because she isn't a ball handler and mostly because she's not that good.
It is a fact of life that things aren't equitable. Point guards are going to have all the images of cross over dribbles and rushing the lane.
Goalies will have images where they are stretched out diving to stop the ball.
I don't know where people got the idea that life is fair. The kids sitting the bench is sitting the bench for a reason.
Anyway, you should have said that you are willing to be hired solely for his kid and here are your rates.
I could see if as a group the parents all pitched in for the fee and someone felt short changed, but you can't help that his kid picked hood nose during the game rather than run after the ball.