Shooting For Friends And Family

This is not a DIY kinda post, it is more related to my career as a photographer. If you here for the nuts and bolts, move along, nothing to see. If you are starting out as a photographer, I think this will be super relevant and valuable for you.

Having walked the path of “What’s that black button for?” to “Chin down, eyes to me” over the last three years, one of the things that I had to struggle with is how to handle friends and family who ask for discounts (some will ask for  a 100% discount :).

The next video by the awesome Jasmine Star pretty much sums up what I think is the best approach to handling this awkward situation.

Jasmine’s advice breaks into two parts, one that fits the “I’ll shoot anything that will stand in front of my lens” phase where you are benefited from sharpening your skills and spreading the word about your talent. And one that fits the phase where you move on to establishing a business where you need to be more aware of your time.

As Jasmine explains it may be hard, but it is best to have “the conversation”. To me this makes perfect sense in the way that you will probably not ask your carpenter friend for a free table.

How do you handle friends discounts? Share with us in the comments

[Photo Discounts + Booking Policy via slr lounge]