Longer answer: Not yet. As it stands your 'portfolio' is hardly more than a collection of pleasant but unexciting snapshots.
You need to learn about and work on composition, lighting, focal lengths, DOF, model interaction and posing, retouching....
I would suggest getting a copy of "Light, Science and Magic" and working your way through it. Then shoot and practice a lot for a couple of years at least. When you can look at the pictures you have in your portfolio today and be genuinely ashamed of every one of them, then maybe you will be closer to being in a position to start charging for your services.
Derrick Schwieters wrote: Hi please go through my portfolio and give me your honest opinion on the images. Are they good enough to be paid for? As of right now I am not being paid for my work, but I would like to.
well our goal is money for sure!
I don't think it is in my opinion because I don't see a originated style that only comes with time and experience.. Keep shooting have fun with it but focus more on the art of photography and not the dollar sign just yet.
Not yet. In order to consider yourself worthy of being paid I believe you must offer consistent, guaranteed results. I'm not saying that every image you shoot will be award winning, but they should all show a distinct control over lighting, composition, depth of field, etc. Currently I do not see this consistency in your portfolio.
This is just my opinion of course. I Haven't made a cent from any of my shoots yet, as I still consider myself a rookie. There are too many self proclaimed pros out there anyway. I wouldn't want to sell anything I'm my truly proud of.
I'd recommend as much knowledge as you can obtain on lighting and start applying it to your location and/or studio work. Once you learn how light affects your images you're on the road to vastly improving your shots.
Right now you have snapshots. The initial impression I had was neither the images or the subjects were anything remarkable. It looks like you asked a friend of family member to pose in the backyard.
Learn what it takes to transform a snapshot into a quality photo on the most basic level. You'll be amazed at the difference.
Maybe start out with very down-to-earth books/vids like Scott Kelby puts out. Those seem to be user-friendly. But I can't emphasize enough the need to learn everything you can about lighting and how to use it (not just artificial lighting but using the sun to your advantage as a natural light source).
Thank you all for your words of wisdom. I can see that many of the replies are from photographers that are shooting different genres and in a studio with artificial lighting. I obviously don't have a studio.
But either way, the rules of lighting and composition still apply for all genres. This is a continual journey for me and I also cannot give all my time to this as its not my full time job.
I really appreciate the examples of my photos that you critiqued, gives me a clear rxample of why people are talking about.
It's really hard to tell from the pictures you have up on your port what type of photography you are trying to sell yourself as a photographer. I assume it's not a wedding photographer, or fashion, it's not glamour, maybe a little commercial. but my point is that it's hard to tell.
Your port needs to reflect the type of photography you want to do and get paid for.
Do you have a printed portfolio? What does i look like? How do you approach your clients? What type of clients are you trying to attract.
I have been in this crazy business for over 25 years, and how you present yourself to customers is 75% of the battle.