Sorry folks if this sounds like a pity party......you know,maybe it is but I am really discouraged tonight. More discouraged tonight than I have ever been before.
I have tried for a while now to build a small business in the photography world. I like shooting families, seniors, people and events. I don't charge very much just enough to cover my cost. I think I continually improve with my images but at this point I am not sure.
A few months ago I talked to a mother about photographing her 5 year old. I explained that I would do it free in order to add to my portfolio and she was really excited. We decided on a date and 2 days before the date she realized she had a previous obligation so I told her that was fine I totally understood. She was going to be busy the next few weekends so I told her to look at her calendar and get back with me. She is friends with my wife so they talked regularly and she never gave me a date. I seen image she had professionally taken from this past weekend that she put online where she went to another photographer and paid a really high price for the sitting fee. I was going to do this free on her schedule.
This is not the first time this sort of thing has happen to me. I have analyzed my methods, attitude, photography, editing. I am not the very best photographer in the county and I am not the worse but I have a prices they can either afford or I try to do it free. At this point I am close to giving up. I been pushing my photography seriously for the last 3 years and I feel like I am spinning my wheels.
I have no idea what to ask at this point or what to focus on besides selling my equipment and getting out.
Here is my website www.mgwarrenphotography.comif you could take a look at my images then take into consideration I charge $65.00 sitting fee and I use www.whcc.com and I charge exactly 20% above what they charge me to my customers.
I am asking for constructive opinions. Please be honest but don't just bash me or pile on to my misery.
Do I charge too much or not enough?
Does my work suck so bad that I should stop photographing?
Are my image just snapshots?
Should I market myself differently?