Cole_Schmitt wrote in post #11141960
What I meant was until you get confident enough with your portrait work that you feel like you can create images that people will want to buy, take your friends out for practice photoshoots instead.
But if you've never worked with strangers, haven't learnt by experience how to make people comfortable with you and your camera, trust won't be present, and shots will be lifeless, which is not acceptable for portrait. Having people pay for such a result is very un-professionnal, in my opinion, and can easily ruin a reputation.
Also, I don't think that prefering to do free photoshoots for a while, and then moving on to paid shoots, is that much of a problem. What's the problem with replying to a phone call with "Now I'm charging for portraits, thank you" ? This is very common practice in the American cosplay community, photographers who are just starting shoot with their friends, then they move on to scheduled shoots with people they don't know, and once they feel their work is worth the money, they start charging for it. And for what I know, it works.