You see allot people adding the word “professional” to their job. Well it sometimes rubs me the wrong way even though I sometimes use it myself. Why do people feel the need to put professional in front? What make you professional? So I ask myself what is the difference between a professional photographer and just a photographer.
Well last month I was challenged to own that title “professional”. I was hired to do a shoot for a newspaper company. The details were not clear on what was needed and was set-up for a last minute quick turn around shoot. I was given a location to arrive and shoot 6 portraits and a group shot. Without clear direction I made a plan. I made multiple plans. I came prepared. I came to the shoot with all my tools and the right to own the title “professional”. The location was not permitted like it was suppose to be and I had to go to my playbook and make things work. I had to work around what I had. I had to make a quick decision and shoot somewhere else. I had to find what was available to me.
By the end of the day I proved the right to own the title because whenever, whatever happens as a photographer you have to get the best end result. A client will not care for excuses. They hired you to do your job and thats it. a unprofessional will make excuses will fail at completing, will point a finger at someone else. You have to take what is given to you and make it work. I heard from another photographer (Zack Arias) once, Work with you got, don’t make excuses for not having the right camera, not having the right lighting. the true art of photography will show not matter what you have as long as you know how to use what you have.