Photography is one of the most rewarding careers out there
It is also pretty much the dream career for people who love the craft while at the same time making a living out of it and making it their bread and butter. If this is something that you love and something that you know you can do in the long run, then by all means, work on perfecting your craft every single day. If this is a hobby that you have been delving into for quite a while now, you will eventually be really good at it. Somewhere down the road, someone will approach you and inevitably ask if you will more or less be able to give out your service in exchange for a certain professional fee. If you get to this particular point, this means that you will technically in the world of commercial photography already.
Anything that is paid and that is related to photography can definitely more or less fall under the category of commercial photography. That really is the main difference between commercial photography and shooting mainly for your own enjoyment. You have paying clients to answer to. You are tasked to bring together and bring forth into reality someone else’s vision so the very first thing that you would have to digest or keep in mind is the fact that you need to understand what they want. Really get through the nitty gritty of things and get to find out what they would really like to get out of hiring you and what they would like to do.
First thing you should do across the board is to discuss the details with your clients
Ask them what their vision is and ask them what they really want out of the agreement. The next step for you to do would be to make sure that you draw the line between expectations and reality. Make sure that you establish everything in black and white and make sure that your clients really get to understand it. Avoid any kind of disagreements between you and the client somewhere down the road by making sure that each side clearly understands what is in it for them and what is required of them. If things are done that way, then there will be very little (almost nothing) to argue about.
Ask the clients what the images are for
Ask them how the images will be used. That way, you will be able to make all of the necessary adjustments required in terms of the gear that you will be using, the materials for printing, the approach, and perhaps even the pricing. You will also be able to really successfully lay down all of the technicalities and pretty much get them all out of the way. Confirm what kind of deliverables you are basically dealing with. Ask them what kind of file resolution and format they require, among other things. Get a contract drawn up and figure out things such as usage rights and license rights.