What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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jkoch2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,198
'Pro' Photographer, defined precisely

A professional photographer is someone who earns a living by photography without relying on other jobs, revenues, family income, investments, or public relief.  Whether that business or occupation earns them as much as some other activity (such as waiting tables or laying drainpipe) is another matter.

Most often, this means someone who "does" weddings, graduations, anniversaries, reunions, corporate events, or documents for products or training.  Real estate and insurance make a lot of use of photography, but the workers spend most time on things besides photography.  More and more, anyone who survives in the journalism field has to be jack of all trades.  Retail photography service stores related to film developing or camera repairs, have been decimated by digital photography and phone cameras.

It's all about making a living and paying rent, not about attitude or the cameras owned.

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