What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
chkproductions
chkproductions Senior Member • Posts: 1,120
Re: What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

I just last week had a client after our shoot send me an email complimenting me on how "professional" I was.  That had nothing to do with my fee.  I took his use of the word that it meant more of how I handled myself, my experience in photography as it applied to the shoot at hand, and my relationship with him.

I have always taken "professional" to mean working to an accepted and established standard with some validated accreditation.  Now I know that this is not verifiable in today's photography game, and maybe it never was.

So applying "professional" to photography to me is a false statement.  All I could say is that one is a "working" photographer and that's about it.

I also wonder about calling the people we do shoots for clients as opposed to customers.

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