Thank you so much!! I can't wait to start college next and to be able to set my prices high from the beginning so there will be no grumbling. heh heh. I'll definitely consider getting a wide prime and higher pricing will help me get one. I have some friends who aren't willing to pay more than $5 for a photo shoot and business speaking, I think I'll drop them because I do have a decent amount of demand. but then again, they are my friends(although my closest friends are willing to pay $15).. but they shouldn't be taking advantage of me if my work is truly worth more than $5. tough... something I'll mull over about.
That's certainly the problem with starting with friends for exceptionally low rates (if at all). If you do start having real work & demand, they often will still keep expecting you'll give them shoots for free/low. Still, I think you're going about it the right way.
Another thing to think about is the DoF. When you have a longer lens the DoF tends to look (or actually is) narrower, so if you have a slower shutter speed & wide open (shooting in a dark environment w/out lighting/strobes), you'll get a lot more focus misses. With a wider lens, it tends to have a deeper DoF so that once you have the focus closer or at infinity, the DoF is wide enough to get the vast majority of your subjects in focus, or at least good enough focus.