No smutty comments please, this is a serious thread!!
I'm thinking of setting up a little part-time business and just wanted to pass it buy you HUKD'ers. I'm keen on photography and love kids (most of the time) so wanted to combine the two. I've got a pretty decent digital SLR camera and am going to buy a photographer studio kit (backdrop, umbrellas, lighting etc) and wanted to visit people's houses, set it all up, sit and play with the kids for 20 minutes or so to get them used to me and then do a shoot along the lines of Olan Mills/Venture and when finished transfer all photos to a disc and give this to the family.
I figured this was easier than me printing out pictures and charging extra for doing so and at least then the family can email the pictures to other people as well as printing them off for a cheaper price.
I have two daughters aged 3 & 7 yrs and whilst compared to lots of children they are well behaved, we still have the problem at Studios whereby they always seem to be running late by which time their outfits are either trashed or they're really ratty. Add to that the fact that as soon as they go into the studio they have a complete stranger asking them to smile, it doesn't bode well for some good photos, which is what gave me the idea for the business.
Surely the children (and parents possibly) would be more relaxed in the own environment and if, like I said, I spend a while just playing with the kids, by the time we get around to the photos they might be more likely to smile.
So basically, I just wanted to pass the idea by you all to see if you would be up for this (not touting for business, just checking out whether it's a viable business or not) and whether you think £70 for the session and the disc is a good price. I would easily pay that amount but would everyone else.
Also, if there's anyone out there who's got any hints or tips that will help me setting this up I'd appreciate it. I'm a housewife so don't want, or need, this to be a full-time business, just a way of making a little bit of extra cash. And by the way, I have been told that I'm a good photographer, I'm not totally "winging" it.
All helpful comments appreciated. Also, if anyone knows where I can get a decent mobile studio kit from this would also help. Have looked on Jessops but they're quite expensive and wanted to avoid ebay because they all look naff, want something decent for as little as possible (don't we all).