Some individuals often want to use my photos (profile pictures on facebook and such) which I don't mind , but I have had to start adding "proof" to them so that they are not downloading the pics and using them to make prints on their own. I very frequently get requests for me to "email them the photos" or ask "how they can get them" but when I reply "thru the website they most often do not purchase. There have been a FEW exceptions to this rule but in general , people want photographs you take for FREE.
It is sometimes difficult to discern if this is a "Hobby" or a "Profession" because I do volunteer my time for certain events and offer my photos to special websites or projects that request them FREE OF CHARGE.
I have photographs featured (at the moment) on a friend's website
Hank Cosby (Real Estate Agent)
I have given photographic liberties to individuals to make a book for the Coaches of the Football team of PHS
Some of my images will be used in the year book to hilight the Color Guard and their school performance.
I have a website with photos for sale BUT I don't really make too much money on it.
I am disqualified from entering many contests due to the fact I have "photos for sale" ie a professional
but my husband and others refer to what I do as a "hobby?" and contests and the IRS call what I do a "profession"
I think somehow the terminology is screwed up or I am doing something wrong..........
I do charge per event to my agents and even they take advantage of my kindness and pass along the prints to others without compensating me in any way for them. I guess because they "can?"
I guess I am one of the lucky ones that can work doing something I love and do it frequently enough to pay the phone bill.. go to events for free and also have done some most awesome bartering as well......... but I think I can do this better.........with a better resolve so that my husband sees some profits and quits referring to me as a "picture taker" and talk about my "hobby costing him money."
If I am NOT a professional , can I please just ignore the IRS and Enter the contests everyone else gets to enter ? please?