A few years ago, once I finally started my real career and made money, I jumped into the DSLR world after owning countless point and shoot, compact, and semi-compact cameras. I've learned alot, and still have very much to learn, but dare I say that I've become "good" at taking event pictures. I get the typical oohs and ahhs from people who don't know a darn thing about photography, but I've also had some professional photographers make positive comments on my pics.
Recently I attended a family wedding and spent maybe 45min total time taking pics throughout the night. When both I, and the paid photographer posted links to our pics on Facebook, they weren't all that discernible....to the point where the guy messaged me, asked if I had any prior experience and if not, if I was interested in gaining some with his business. Would have loved to accept, but didnt want to jump into anything.
I've been entertaining the idea of perhaps starting to make some money while doing what I love to do. I'm not necessarily looking to go all in and start a business...yet, anyways.
But I'm curious, how have others started out? Did you just go "all-in" and immediately call it a business, or did you start by working with friends/family/friends-of-friends? Besides your camera and lens, what exactly do you need (or should you have) before starting to charge for your work? Any tips/advice on how to go about transitioning from hobby to supplemental income hobby?