Professional, Amateur, Hobbyist, are some of the different titles photographers give themselves. I have two good cameras and several top lenses what does that make me? I am not really sure....hummm let me think about it for a minute. I began as a hobbyist taking pictures of my family until I purchased my first top line camera and lens. I had no prior education on the proper way to take a picture. I had no fancy instructions, books, or tutorials just my camera, a lens, and a subject. I just liked taking pictures and I learned along the way.
At some point while learning and purchasing more items to add to my already heavy camera bag I came across to viewers as a Photographer. I mean all you need to have is a huge lens right and immediately you are a professional to all looking your way. (I mean that is what I always thought when I saw someone with a huge camera) Or maybe it was the way I laid down on the ground to take a picture. Who knows what people thought, what I do know is I started getting asked to take pictures of people other than my family and I loved it. Does this mean that I transitioned from a Hobbyist to an Amateur? I did a couple of weddings, several engagements, a bunch of teenagers, children, babies, and various family portraits over time. I wonder does that now make me a Professional? I ask these questions because I always wonder what separates these titles that people give themselves from each other. What makes the picture taken any different? I look at all my pictures and yes they are different from each but they all look good. So which one do I want to be.....what do I classify myself....I am all three! Why? Let me tell you.
As long as my photography is a hobby I will LOVE doing it. This means the quality of my work will never change. As long as I remain an Amateur I will continue to grow and grow. As long as I am a professional my clients will refer and return to me for future shoots. At the end of the day I just want to do better, be better, and make a difference in someone’s life with a picture one click at a time. Being a Professional doesn't mean you’re a Good Photographer but being Good does. And that is what I strive to be A Dang Good Photographer! Until next time....