Hi, I have a question about youth sports and sales tactics. In the last year I have started taking pics for YOUTH SPORTS (ie. Soccer, Baseball, Flag Football, etc.) I was wondering if any of you that also do youth sports can offer me some advice. Previously what I would do is go a (youth) sporting event and take pics of all the kids and then hand out business cards with a web address where the pic would be posted. That and I would also have parents walk up to me and ask if I was a photographer and if I could take pics of their kids. The parents would often times give me THEIR e-mail address. At which time I would send them a reminder and a link to view the pics on a web hosting and printing site like printroom. So here is the deal. After I go home and edit, crop, sharpen, and post the pics on the website I hardly get any sales. And I know my pics are DAMM GOOD, the question of quality is not a problem. And I think the price is far also, $7 for a 5x7 and $12 for an 8x10, etc. I am using a Canon 1D Mark II, with a 70-200 2.8L IS (basically $6600 worth of gear). So I have all these parents begging to get my attention, and make sure I take pics of their kids, give me their e-mail address, and yet...no sales. I am getting tired of taking pics on SPECULATION (shooting first and trying to sell later). I would rather have fewer parents that were guaranteed or committied to buying my pics, then to show up and take 200+ pics willy-nilly and not sell any. Are there any YOUTH SPORTS Photographers out there that can offer any advice. I was thinking of charging a "shooting fee" of $20. Printroom has coupons that you can handout (1 time use only) that have a code in them that the parents use to go online and order prints. So basically I wanted to charge a shooting fee of $20, and then handout pre-paid coupons that are (set-up) good for $20 worth of prints. And if they want to order more than $20, then they can do that online as well. It has been my experience that 99% of the population gets enjoyment looking at pictures of themselves or their kids. However a smaller percentage of people are willing to pay for pics of themselves or their kids playing sports. It appears that if you allow people to take advantage of your time, they will have you taking pics of their kids all day long. Yet when it comes to buying prints, maybe they had no intention to ever buy any from the get-go. The other possiblity would be to go to the event, take 200+ pics, and then return the next day with 200 prints in a binder. I am shooting digital, so there is no "film" cost to worry about. However it is a big expense and alot of work to print out 100-200 prints and have them available the next day in a 3 ring binder. But again, you are shooting on speculation. Any comments on the best way to find "qualified" buyers and to avoid shooting on speculation would be appreciated. Thanks E.