This is going to be my little asking-for-help/rant, so bear with me. I'm 16 and very intrigued in photography. Like really, and it's not just a passing hobby...I've been interested in photographs since the age of 10. My dad handed me a cheap digital camera and I would always go around taking pictures and showing them to my friends. Then when I said I wanted to learn the fundamentals, my dad handed me his old K1000, and I began borrowing library books, and pursuading my dad to let me take classes. That's when I learned all the basic fundamentals of photography...how lights worked its way into the camera, different lens types, how aperture/shutter speed pair together, DOF, etc. I developed my own negatives with chemicals. I was 12 then. Since then, I've taken many advanced photography courses and learned heaps of techniques. I spent all my savings on rolls of film, and saved up soooo long before I finally purchased my D90. I also purchased a Nikon 18-200mm, a few filters, a trusty tripod and now I'm saving up to buy more lens and accessories. My uncles handed me some old analog lens that I'm also using. I'm out of money for the time being, but I still improvise (making homemade diffusers, umbrellas, etc.) The thing is, I want to turn this hobby...my favourite hobby into a job. I know there are people out there that appreciate my photography, as I've had people ask me personally if they can buy prints of my photos. But when I turn to something professional, such as photos for an online brochure or a small event (that needs no professional), they look down on me because of my age. I have no experience, maybe, but I'm just frustrated that they don't even consider me, not for a second. I try to have them look at my portfolio, and their reaction is almost always the same..."Yeah, yeah, okay." And they never even look. So...I don't know, maybe I DON'T have real experience with this. I was hoping someone on TPF could guide me. :hugs: /rant Thank you for those who read this, at least I know someone out there can understand my frustration.