I have researched many things about marketing yourself and one of the rules are not to take pictures for free.
Yes, I want this to be my lively hood, but how do I get people to pay me to to take their picure?
About a month ago, I took some pictures of a group at my church for free (Why not? I got a free lunch out of it! :-)). A few weeks later, I was asked to take pictures, (by the same person who asked to take the pictures at church) of her family. I had fun with this family. And since I knew her she invited me to stay for dinner! And I got paid! You can’t beat that!
It was hard to concentrate on starting my business (not that anything has changed), because of school and my mom’s sickness and death. I guess this is what life if about. I did appreciate that she wanted me to take pictures. 🙂