I got a DSLR a while back (Canon Rebel XS, with the stock 18-55 lens) and have been having lots of fun taking pictures. A few weeks ago, my sister had a baby, and I got to play with portrait photography. I found that I loved it and I think the photos came out pretty good.
I’m toying with the idea of putting an add on Craigslist as an amateur portrait photographer looking to build a portfolio, at maybe $50 for an hour photo shoot. I was thinking for that, the customers would get a CD with all the usable images to print as they see fit.
Here are some of my favorite portraits taken with the camera. I’d really like honest feedback–if you don’t think they’re good enough for someone to pay for, I’d like to know that. I know the SDMB is excellent at brutal honesty.
A few questions:
Anyone done anything like this? Is this price reasonable?
I want another lens. Any suggestions?
I’m leaning toward doing the sessions “on location” at people’s homes or whatever. Good idea, or recipe for disaster? What sorts of things would I need to bring with me?
Any book suggestions?
Am I crazy?
Also, I’ve dabbled in photoshop in the past, but I’d need to brush up on my skills. None of the above photos are touched up, beyond a bit of cropping and occasional lighting adjustment.
I already have a website set up for my painting business, so I’d probably just add a photography section to that if I decide to go through with this.
Thanks in advance for any advice.