I'm really wanting to take my hobby to the next level. I'd love to make some money from my photography, and eventually do it full time. I guess my real question for the pros is what should my next step be? I've got a decent DLSR set up right now (all my equipment is listed on my profile). I've done a few shoots for close friends and family as well as some shots for a local non-profit organization. They all seemed very impressed with my images. Right now I'm trying to find a wedding or two as well as other events, people, things, etc to shoot for free to build my portfolio up. I also have a small website on wix right now as well. So how did you all begin making money in the business? Is a degree in photography necessary? After I get a decent portfolio going what would be a good next step to start making a little bit of money while also learning through experience?