Lancey, we the pros are actual trying to do the impossible. That is to try to educate the newbies (some of whom actual want to go pro) on their blind side. The business aspect of the wedding industry. Most newbie shooter have a day job, from what we can see most of them do not work in finance. It is one thing to shoot, most photographers have a problem with asking for a fair price for what they do. A pro who produces a quality product will spend about the same amount of time editing, post processing as in shooting; some may be more in case of high DI images. That is to get high quality images. Most newbies may spend up to 2 times shoot time, doing saves in PS/LR and then more time to enhance the selects; say it is around 3 to 4 times the shoot time. Yes they will probably need around a month or more to deliver. Now we come to the business part of things. A pro has a firm understanding as to his costs, what he needs to carrying on working, how many weddings they can do per year - it is most definitely not 365 or 260. Remember wedding season is only about 8 to 9 months per year. Most newbies do not know this. Their thinking is as long as I have a salary, any money I get from a job is 100% profit. Things like depreciation, repairs, maintaince cost, replacement cost, new purchase slip by them.
Pros know they cannot stop newbies coming in. What we can do is get to point them in the right direction business wise. Most pros are moving to create and keep creating unique niches - it could be a particular way, a look, a feel. The market is MTV hype speed fixed and a constant newness is a must have. Old is soo not cool, move ahead be a constant new or be a L. What most pros are also seeing is that some client segments are beginning to show a need for cheap cheap but want every dam thing they see. This is a concern for when there is an apparent loss of value, its like rot it thens to spread and it would be very difficult to change back once it takes hold. When it does spread too far then the industry will fail. Issue here is that lovely venue used, the food good or bad, the flowers how every nice will not be viewable in a year, 2 years or 10 years time. Photos are memories made physical. How well these memories are transformed depends on the artistic and technical skill and abilities of the photographer. Results can range from bad photocopies, to identical copies or artistic copies of the what was happening. Without great, and good photographers the best a couple can hope for a xerox copy of what was happening - they could get a lot worse. If there are no more pros cause it is not possible to do this full time then also expect a more jarring range of quality differences.
Your hope of free consultancy services on how to overcome technical difficulties is well strange. Do you spend a lot of time teach all and sundry how to go about doing your day job. Or let me be more specific - are you conducting sharing session to PR's to teach them how they can do your job better and cheaper than you? A surprise to you this may be, we the pros do have our own networks, and we do share and exchange info, advise, solutions for **** hit the fan situations. We just do not do this with any tom, dick or hairy (yes I mean hairy). Smile you have not worked out that most people do not value free advice ? Need to pay, and suddenly what you have just gotten as a value and you take it seriously.