I've been building my portfolio for about a year now, and have gotten as far as I can with family/close friends. I've probably got hundreds of great photos of them, but I'd like to focus on newborn/maternity and probably family portraiture in the long run, so I need a bit more range in my portfolio before I start actively seeking that sort of client. My original intention is to place ads in my local area (community bulletin boards/rec center/craigslist, etc.) for newborn, maternity and family models for half hour $25 sessions and offer one 8x10 sheet and a CD with 5 high res photos. I am confident that I can get enough images in a half hour for that price, and even more importantly, for my portfolio. I'd like to build a network of clients that I've already worked with, and frankly, I'd like to not do it for free, even if the price I charge is insignificant. I figure if I'm going to be doing all the work anyway, charging a small amount for it is preferable than doing it for nothing. I'm currently self employed, so the logistics of paying taxes/business license/etc. is not a consideration. Do you/did you charge for portfolio building sessions? Faux pas?