Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" It took me a bit to stop editing so much. "
I think we all start like that. Lol. I was all sorts of selective coloring and crappy vignettes when I started!!
OP, you need to learn the basics of photography if you even want to do free stuff. You need a camera where you can use it on Manual and you need to learn how each thing works.
I would be irate if someone made me pay for these. However I would check someones portfolio before hiring them.
I would suggest joining some groups or forums if you want to go that path. But you also have to not be afraid of taking the constructive criticism. It's the way to get better.