First, photography is a hobby for me...not an occupation. But, as the photographer in the family or cirle of friends, I get asked, and have done, pics for people. So, the topic of discussion is this. I did my daughter's wedding last year (2002, I mean)...they love the pics (and believe, my daughter would tell me if she didn't think they were good for her)...as for my opinion, they are ok, but definitely not the best stuff i've ever done....oh, they're exposed and composed well enough, but there is that "pow" missing, that I sometimes get in what we'll term "personal work" (for now anyhow). Almost...well, actually not almost...to the point I didn't really want to turn them over to them....but did. This is not a percieved difference...i've been struggling with the whole concept for over a year now........and i've read enough to believe there are other photographers in the same situation. So, how do you all handle the philosophical side of this situation. Where, in your personal work, you create an image that is for yourself, and if some one happens to want to purchase a copy...that's fine too...but you are doing it really for yourself. And you are merciless in your edditting of all this stuff. And in your "for hire" work, you have to provide it all (not that absolute garbage...but a whole bunch of stuff that is just so-so, but the customer is more than happy...they are actually pleased to death with it all). Now, some of you are strictly "for hire" and don't go after the artistic image.............and some of you are strictly artist and don't go after the for hire stuff.........so, no offence, but don't reply to this. You just have not experienced both sides of this, and that is what I want to know. For those that do "for hire" and "personal artistic work", give me some insight. And don't tell me there is no difference..............there is a dif........at least for me there is. I realize it's not as "black and white" as I just described it all.......but it is stacked up in two major piles of different philosophy of thinking about them.