Professional Photographers - Free pics for friends?

Started Jul 5, 2011 | Discussions thread
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jjsterling Forum Member • Posts: 52
Professional Photographers - Free pics for friends?

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.


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


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


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


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

What should I do?

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