Starting to earn income from photography

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Stephen Margita
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Starting to earn income from photography
Apr 10, 2011

Hi,

I am a guy who has a passion for photography. I own a Nikon D80 along with a few lenses including a 50 1.8 and an 85 1.8.

I love taking portraits of my children and other family. I am considering starting a small home based business offering my photography to others as a fee. I have no idea where to start. I am considering creating a Facebook page to start.

I do have a smugmug site that is for family only. I'd have to pay for another smugmug site, but I could create a Facebook page for free.
So I need help in knowing how to start.

Once I have a paying customer, should I charge only for prints? Or should I charge a sitting fee and prints?

To start, I reay need to build confidence and a few clients to build my portfolio.
Please help with any advice.

I can basically charge for prints only and just mark them up from what I would print them for at mpix.com.
Thanks for your help,

  • Steve

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