I'm a hobbyist photographer that graduated from college a while ago. I still have tons of friends that are still going to college, and I am still actively involved in campus activities. This makes it easy for me to arrange photoshoots with wanna-be models or girls that just want some good pictures of themselves. All my shoots so far have been with girls that are friends at least at one point or other, all done for free. I'm using it to build up a personal portfolio should I ever decide to get a little more serious.
I've gotten to a point where I'm getting picky about the girls that I'm willing shoot though. They have to meet a certain standard of beauty, or at least inspire me on some level, and they need to have a different "look" than girls I've shot before.
I actually try to keep a low profile, but inevitably, word spreads, especially when my "models" start posting their photoshoot pictures in their Facebook. Among my Facebook network I've gathered quite a reputation as a photographer that does photoshoots for free and can make you look like a Cover Girl.
So recently, I've been getting hints or even outright requests for photoshoots; sometime from genuine friends, and some from "facebook friends" - or not really friends at all.
I usually can make up some excuse to dismiss the "facebook friends", but things are a little tricky for the genuine friends that I actually do physically interact with at least a occasionally.
Anyone got any tips on turning down requests in such situations? Sometimes in the interest of being nice I'll do a quick shoot with them, but there's nothing I can do (or I don't have the inspiration) in post-processing to make their photos match the the results I get from girls that I do request shoots with.