It’s not that I don’t want to make money doing it, because I really do. Making money means I’d be able to justify the purchase of more equipment. It’s hard to spend thousands of dollars on equipment for just a hobby. But at the same time, I don’t want to charge anyone for less than top of the line product. I don’t think I’m there yet. And then I find blog posts like this one and my determination to get better before charging is reaffirmed. I don’t want to do anything that would be a disservice to my “client” or to the photography industry as a whole. And I certainly don’t want to whore myself (well, maybe if you have photography equipment we could work something out ).
Seriously though, I have a nice camera and I want a nicer one, but we all know that the camera doesn’t make a good photograph. I’ve seen fabulous photos with point and shoot cameras and heck, even camera phones and I’ve seen my share of bad photos with really nice expensive digital SLR cameras. Cameras don’t take good photos - photographers take good photos and I want to be a good photographer. Then I’ll start charging you - what I’m worth.