So I'm shooting my 2nd "pro bono" wedding this weekend as a favor to my mom, not necessarily the client. My first one went alright, JUST about squeaked by since the couple actually wound up giving me some money. The one I'm shooting this weekend I've spent way more than the couple actually wound up giving me. It's a bit discouraging but I try to look at the silver lining, I'm learning more about a hobby that I love. I started out shooting airshows and now I'm getting into weddings. It's something about seeing the couples' reactions to the pictures I took. I truly do enjoy it. My question for the more seasoned veterans is, at what point did you stop accepting pro bono type work? Is it ok if it's not costing you gobs of money? What was your "silver lining" to doing the "favor".
Don't get me wrong, I'm all about helping out the little guy from time to time. I know I've only done two like this, but I know I have to get a little bit thicker skin and start asking for what I'm worth, even if I am still a budding amateur. Does any of this sound familiar to yall?