Today, the local paper here published it's "wedding guide". There are only 1 or 2 photographers advertising, and one of them is offering services starting at $495. At that price, how could anyone possibly make a profit? Or even break even? There are but 24 Saturday in the 6 month season. If this person manages to book all of these dates, they can gross a whopping $12,000.00.This is gross, not net, expenes must be subtracted from this total! A part time job flipping burgers would pay more, without all the headaches. Unlike burgers, wedding work doesn't rely on "volume" to turn a profit either. This isn't enough to pay for a pair of camera outfits and a lap top? What about insurance, travel costs, equipment depreciation, and printing costs? Do these people know what a spreadsheet is? No wonder all the studios that had high overhead, are now "buildings for rent". My business is now entirely "referral based". This wasn't an easy hill to climb. But luckily I used a realistic business model. Suffice to say, pricing one's self at sub $500 will get you no where fast, and you will be broke when you arrive. The best advice is to not learn on the job at discount prices. This will only pigeon hole you into an inescapable low end corner. Find a mentor that knows how to do the job, and make a living, and learn from them.