When you make photography your full-time, part-time, or sometimes job, you will spend more time building and running your business than you will behind your camera. Much of the business of photography is about developing relationships with photo editors and other potential clients. It’s a part of the job that never ends; you can never know too many people or develop too many relationships.
One of the worst pieces of business advice I ever received early in my photography career was that I should donate my time and talent to non-profits or charities as a way to get my name out there and start developing relationships. Do you know how many future assignments and connections I made while doing some of that work?