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I'm behind on this flame fest, but here's my thoughts. I say "go for it Kevin!". It's money and experience in your pocket.
Let me address a few things here. The restaurant analogy is bogus. There are places that charge $18 for a burger and places that will sell you one for $2. They sell the same thing (burgers) but the experience, ingredients, size, etc are different. Same thing with wedding photographers.
Nick, I love you man, but this statement Too many people are afraid to ask to 2nd shoot for a real pro and gain portfolio that way. SO they take low ball prices and now the standard price point just dropped another % because they were too lazy to do it the right way. doesn't always fly. I tried to second shoot when I was starting out and nobody wanted to give me a shot. I wasn't "lazy", it's just that nobody wanted a newbie second shooting for them. So I said "screw it" and started booking weddings on my own, off of CL. I shot my first two for $500 because I needed to put something in my portfolio. Today (four years later) I'm booking $5000 weddings and I have people lined up who what to second shoot for me but have no experience. Why should I hire an inexperienced person when I can get a seasoned pro I can trust?
Rich, this comment if you're accepting a job for $1500, that means you can't accept the job that's gonna pay full price for that date a week or a month down the line. is assuming that Kevin will even get a chance for a full price job a week or so down the road. That's like rolling the dice, hoping for snake eyes, instead of putting the money in your pocket and calling it a day.
RJK, your comment If you're not confident enough to charge the going rate, stay home and make portraits of your dog, but stop pissing in our pool! smacks of insecurity. If you are afraid of someone coming along and stealing your business out from under you with lower prices, maybe it's time to stop selling $5 burgers and start trying to sell $15 sandwiches.
Bottom line guys, It's a market driven business. If the client doesn't want to pay $3000, he should be able to advertise for someone who's willing to do the job for half that.
Too many high horses all up in this thread.