Hi guys I am asked by my wife's colleague to help her take photos of her mother's 76th birthday event. I told her I would not be charging her as I felt that I am only an amateur and i love to shoot pictures so I do not mind doing it for free. But she insisted that she pays me cause she felt that I am forking our personnel time for her mother's event and nobody should not be paid for a job. To the extend she say if I do not accept her payment then she would ask someone else haha.
How should i charge her? It is gonna be a 4hrs event at a ballroom. I would not be doing any prints, all photos taken will be filtered and post processed and burned into a DVD thats all.
I initially told her $50 as a token will do but she insisted that I charge her properly... How much should an amateur like me charge? Any market rates?