Professional Photographers - Free pics for friends?

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Professional Photographers - Free pics for friends?
Jul 5, 2011

Professional photographers, do you provide your social friends free photos (files) from group events such as dancing and parties?

I am building a wedding & portrait photography business.

But my friends still expect to continue to receive for free, the pictures that I take at our social events like I have been doing for years with my old P&S that I no longer have. These may be dances at music festivals or club or parties that I go to socialize and have fun. Nobody asks me to take pictures at these events. I do it on my own accord. I bring my dslr everywhere I go.

Should I continue to provide the free image files, or start charging them like a wedding / portrait client? Perhaps putting them on a pro-sharing site, for review and access. And allow them to purchase a hard copy picture or a file. If they like the picture enough. It also gives them a chance to see the pictures of others friends, bands, scenery, etc. It is not specifically a photo shoot of an individual.

Thoughts:
1

It is better to continue my friendships and not cause ill will and hope that people may provide referrals for my wedding & portrait business.

2

I am devaluing my work by providing free picture. People are less likely to see me as a professional.

3

People may be disappointed when they are unable to get what they have been previously getting for free.

4

Possible oppoortunity to market my talents to those who see the pictures. Or not.

What should I do?

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