I'm sure this topic has already been discussed, but the 3G where I'm at right now is slow and I don't feel like going thru page after page...
Anyway, I'm at the point where I would like to move to the next step with my photography. Right now, its an extreme hobby of mine that I've gotten pretty good at, and it would be nice to make a few bucks every now and then. I dont plan on replacing it as my career, but some extra cash never hurts. I've slowly been building up a portfolio, mostly my kid, some friends kids, random people in the area that have seen my ad that I put up, etc...portraits mostly. Word of my mouth has really helped in building up a portfolio (a benefit of living in a small town).
I mostly have done all these pictures for free, for the sake of building a portfolio, but I'm wondering: Whats the best way to make the transition into getting paid? When should I?
Basically, I'm worried about getting the reputation as the "free photo guy" and then not being able to make some money. What is the best way to take it to the next step?
So any advice would be greatly appreciate. Thanks in advance!