To shoot for free or not to shoot for free, that is the question.
There is a longstanding debate among photographers about whether or not it’s ever appropriate to do photoshoots for free.
Many photographers argue that doing any sort of free photo session devalues your work and the profession. Others say that shooting for free is necessary for building up a portfolio and getting pictures for your website.
In my opinion, you should shoot for free, but the reason why it may not be what you think.
Sure, I will agree that at the beginning of your photography career it’s beneficial to build up a portfolio by offering a few free photo sessions to friends and family. I often used my kids as models, and I still do to this day. I’ve also asked my neighbors for permission to photograph their children for composites and provided free photos in exchange. However, this is not the only reason you should offer gratis photography services.
Often, as we grow as a...