I took a bunch of photos for an engaged couple as an informal engagement style session. I told them NOT to pay me unless they felt it was worth it and I even drove them around for 2 hours taking photos at different locations around town. I took 311 photos and most of them came out looking like crap. I got maybe 6 decent photos and I'm not even happy with those. The only thing they lost was a couple hours of their time. I even warned them that I had never done anything like this before and that I would suggest they go to SEARS and have them do their photos if they wanted to be sure to get some decent ones. They assured me that whatever I did would be fine - I didn't expect miracles from myself but damn...I also didn't expect for every photo to be crap. As of right now, they haven't responded with any comments about them - I took them all yesterday so they probably haven't seen them yet. Some examples of the ones I picked out to process. I shot these with a Nikon D300 and most of these were shot with an 18-55mm 3.5 VR lens that I got with my other camera 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. I actually like this one but I know it's waaaaay too dark for them. 7. 8. So as you can see, they came out not so great. I've been racking my brain over these horrible photos all day and all last night. I actually lost sleep over these. I think I'm going to stick with models instead of customers - I'm always too hard on myself when I don't do well at something like this. It's too stressful.