I kind of indicated this in another thread, but I don't want to be one of those folks who jacks threads, so I'll start my own (yes, I know I have thread-itis: I'm sorry. You guys should give less useful advice! ) I'm graduating from college this summer, and, while I'm looking for job that takes advantage of my educational background, I'm considering offering my services as an event photographer. No, not weddings of course, but more like, birthday/graduation parties. I live in an area that can afford this kind of stuff pretty well, plus I think I take good enough shots. As someone said before, getting a sort of ROI for my gear would be nice, as my concert photography so far has been pro bono (except for free albums/concerts/get to meet and interview some awesome bands), which I'm fine with, as I have other sources of income. That said, my gear is not cheap, and I'm learning how to use it better and better every day. I own a D80, 50mm f/1.4, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, 70-200mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, SB-600, and plan on purchasing a D300 before the summer. That and, I honest to god really like photographing events and get along with people/kids well. To any event, I'd plan on taking all my lenses, of course, with my 70-200mm on my D80, and the 24-70mm on my D300 to start. This is all also in effort to recover some of the cost of my gear, plus as another source of income. And no, I haven't run myself into the poor house paying for this stuff by any means (paying for with my own money, btw), but making some money back would be nice. For an event, I was thinking 100/hour for the first two hours (w/2 hour minimum), 75/hour for the next 4, and a 500 flat rate for up to 8 hours. That would be the only cost to them, and I would be responsible for photo editing, etc. In the likelyhood that they want them professionally developed, they would have to cover the cost of that, but at no profit to myself. A brief google search of wedding photography comes back with rates like 500/hour for the first 2 hours, so I feel like 1/5th of that is reasonable. And if I were a parent (but not a photographer) I would like the idea of being able to concentrate on my child's birthday/graduation party and the 20--->howevermany kids running around without feeling like I have to be glued to my camera to capture all those moments I'd want to remember. You want to be standing next to your kid when they're blowing out their candles, not looking at him/her through a viewfinder. I have NO IDEA if this price range/overall idea is good/bad/ludicrous, and am open to any and all suggestions, please. Thanks.