I have been reading this arguments repeatedly and gets a lot of Pros angry over the charges as what is the right price.
I search this web and found only one Photo biz but few video biz sections. To have less arguments and anger and be fair to all photographers are trying to get into the business or getting some income, I would suggest to have 3 categories Pro / Freelance and Free (or learning). Therefore those are trying to make some learning go to the correct category to seek their charges and see any one will advice then and the pro should not be so work out as they are in different category of skill.
On the other hand why can't there be a guide line to show service seekers who are looking for services and knowing the fees they have to folk out. For example :
Pro: $1,500 and up depending on work spec/ days or hours ( My children ROM half day ROM $800 Wedding night $1,800 and another one $3,500 for a day just that my daughter-in-law likes the photographer sample photo results and proposed event work flow)( soft copy only or with photo book without soft copy)
Freelance: $200 and up depending on work days / hours
Trying/ profile builder: Anything will do but require testimonial. (I myself may be in this category. Happy to serve friends and relatives when invite me to shoot for them)
Would it be a fair statement or I will invite another round a big argument here.