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I want to practice more with my studio stuff but i'm not too sure, outside of friends, how to go about this? Do i just post a link to my FB page on craigslist or the military craiglist page (bookoo) etc or what?
I got some business cards when I was first starting out and I would go up to anybody with kids or a belly (since I dig kids and bellies the most) and gave them a card. I didn't hear back from many, but I did hear back from a few that gave me some great practice and ended up bringing me some paying customers as well.
:Adi: :wife to Sabin: :mommy to Marcus, Jamesen and Gemma Nichole 4/9/12 :
I had more luck looking on craigslist for people seeking a cheap or free photographer. You can always place an ad but be sure to look at the ads too! If its on CL make sure you are dealing with a legit person and have a consult meeting before the shoot at starbucks or somewhere like that.
When I need models I usually post an ad on local facebook groups (I am on one for local moms....and a couple local business networking ones and a couple local "for sale" ones") I actually have a senior session coming up from one of these ads because i need some fresh senior photos for ads for senior photo season
How much practice is needed btw? I still don't feel comfy charging people but DH keeps insisted i need to charge like 30$ or something. He keeps asking how much practice do i need and when will it be enough?
I practiced until I was confident I could produce 20+ keeper photos EVERY time....and until I was comfortable enough bossing people around lol thats my biggest weakness....it's hard for me to take charge sometimes
I agree about practicing until you feel comfortable getting at least 20 decent shots in a session. They don't have to be blow-your-mind awesome, but if you're expecting someone to pay, you should be able to give them around 20 decent shots from it.
I portfolio-built for about 6 months before starting to charge. I look back on my first paying customers photos and cringe, but I know that I at least had the basics down and they were happy with the outcome. They knew I was still learning, and my price reflected that. ($60 for a session with a CD of all the images).
I'm fine with bossing people around- i'm just pretty shy and usually forget ALL of my posing ideas, sigh! I think i do okay producing enough pics, maybe not 20, not sure, i'd have to go back and count but I always tell people that I'm happy to reshoot if i dont get what they want/ are looking for etc.