Working for free is always a hot-button topic in the photo industry, and it can become an even thornier issue when it's friends and families asking for your services at a 100 percent discount. This great video examines the pros and cons of working for free for friends and family and how to set and maintain boundaries.
Coming to you from Tony and Chelsea Northrup, this great video examines the touchy subject of family and friends asking for free photography services. Photography unfortunately tends to run into this issue more than most other careers. I personally think part of the problem stems from the fact that nearly everyone in society dabbles in photography in some way, that is to say that nearly everyone owns a camera (even if it's just their phone), and because of this normalization of the equipment and act (surely, not many people carry around a full dental office in their pocket), they may not appreciate the monumental difference in skill, effort, vision, and gear that comes between a smartphone snapshot and a professional image. Either way, it's important to know what your boundaries are and stick to them, particularly if you're a people-pleaser who will do things for others even to your own detriment. People will (not always knowingly) take advantage of that sort of kind and giving demeanor. Just make sure you know what's ok for you and what isn't, then stick to it.
Lead image by Krewr Studio, used under Creative Commons.