I have been an avid photographer for just over a year now, after graduating university with a degree in screen production, and I have begun to build a business based on photoimaging. But alas, I am in a bind. I have limited experience, but I believe I have the drive and vision to be great at what I love. I have always been thirsty for knowledge and nothing has quenched it yet. I keep reading and studying, but I can't help be a little scared. I have already enquired to nearly all the studios and photographers in my city, but no one wants to take on free work experience staff. No matter how much I know, no one will hire a photographer without a portfolio. I am interested in wedding, advertising/corporate, and portrait photography. But without a portfolio, I don't think I have much of a chance surviving. If anyone has any advice on how the started out, or how they made their first portfolio, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share some of your valuable knowledge with me.
I also am not sure how to market myself either. Advertising costs a lot of money, which I do not have right now after spending quite an amount of my own savings on a studio flash kit. Are there any idea on how to present myself to the public? Marketing stragegies?
Thank you in advance...