Okay. I keep putting my hoof in my mouth and then have to struggle to get it back out again over this. I take my work as a photographer seriously. It is a privilege to be involved in the creation of something amazing that really highlights the bond and love found between two people, within a family, or that can be found in one person’s heart. Photography is NOT a fly by night career. You work long and hard to establish a reputation, to prove your dedication, commitment, and skill. Every new client is a new chance to push yourself, to become better, and I am every grateful for everyone who has put their trust in me and my work. So when I know of someone who is just “going to be a photographer” while they’re on mat leave, on sick leave, or taking a break from their other work? Oy!
I’m trying to be a supportive person. Trying to encourage others. Trying to support my fellow women doing what they believe is best for themselves and their families… but really? It’s a slap in the face to dedicated professionals when someone just decides to photograph people because clearly anyone can do it. Ugh.
So please don’t brag to me, or anywhere you know I’ll see it, about the cool props you are buying (real photographers don’t rely on props – they are the tools of fauxtogs and momtogs). Please don’t tell me about the “how to pose babies” books you are hoping to buy (real photographers don’t rely on posing techniques – they are for Sears, Walmart, and other fauxtogs). Please don’t expect me to get excited about the huge money you’re going to make with a limited time/money investment (sorry, but that’s just not the way it works, photography is an expensive art form to be involved in).
I want to be supportive of you. I know you aren’t trying to be insulting. But please, please don’t expect me to say I think this new venture of yours is great… because it’s just not. And in my years of working as a dedicated professional I’ve seen so many “FLASH” in the pan fauxtogs come and go, and every one of you makes my work more difficult. Every client you disappoint is that much less likely to put their trust in an actual professional photographer in the future. And those you fool into thinking your stuff is great? Well… boy… that doesn’t make it true.
I’m sorry if I sound bitter and jaded, I really do want to support you in your choices… but it really is insulting when you figure that just by buying a semi-decent camera that you can do what it has taken me years and years of experience and dedication to learn, understand, and create. So yeah. Forgive me if I don’t throw you a party.