It's hard to say no
I did a maternity photoshoot for a friend this weekend. Although her 15 month old daughter wasn't excited about being in many pics, I still managed to get some good captures. They weren't the sweet ones I had visions of getting with the daughter resting her head on or kissing mom's tummy, but, as I'm learning in the business, you gotta go with the flow. ;)
At the end of the session, while I was packing up my things to go home, my friend called to her husband to get out the checkbook. I asked her what for and she said "to pay you." I reminded her that there was no fee for the session. (I've been waiving my session fee and offering 50% off print prices while I'm still learning and portfolio building.) She really wanted to pay me, but I told her that it wasn't necessary.
It's hard to say no in a situation like that, when the money would certainly come in handy, but I know it's the right thing to do. I'm not going to take money from one person when I'm not charging anyone else, especially since the experience I'm gaining from all of this is invaluable.
She asked me when I was going to start charging and I told her I didn't know. I just don't feel ready yet. She said she thinks I'm ready, Jody tells me I'm ready, but I have to feel it myself. I know I'll never know everything and never be perfect, but I do want my comfort level to be a bit higher before I go "pro."
I hope she will be happy with the pictures I took. There are several that I like, but it's more important that she likes them. I might share a few of them here once I get done proofing them.
As for the rest of the weekend...
We went to a couple flea markets on Saturday, in search of some props for my business. I found a small bench that I like but I didn't get it. I can't decide if I should spend some money buying small things like that or keep saving for the 50 mm lens that I really want. Right now I'm leaning towards saving for the lens.
We also went out to lunch, which was a really nice, rare treat.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. :)