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what makes a photographer professional?

The reason why we got my first SLR camera is because I wanted to become a photographer. But what makes a person become a photographer and not just be one who shoots with a camera? I stumbled upon this article that says a lot about being professional and being a photographer.

It explains about being aware of the photography business industry and talks about the photographers that charge too little and undermine the other photographers. There are a lot of points being made and I like the fact that it explains it quite well as well. So what’s my point? I will talk about being a photographer first, like being said in the article, that everyone who owns a camera (that’s pretty much everyone) think that ANYONE can be a photographer and the gear or equipment makes you a good photographer. But there is more to a photographer just by her camera or her equipment. When I first started, I couldn’t differentiate about making the right exposure and just pointing it and pressing the button, but that is nearly 6 years ago. I have read countless of books, studied countless of resources, joined lots of workshops (online or in person) and spent lots of long nights reading and soaking up the knowledge in photography as well as at the same time practicing and learning my camera inside out. At first, me and my camera spoke completely different languages and at first I thought it is just a matter of time until I learn its language but now I realise its really my language that I should strive to have my camera speak because I am the artist. Anyways, at the end,  when I started my business last year, I knew that I am ready to be called a photographer.

Although, there is always more learning to do! and that is where the second point of the article comes in.It particularly reiterate the ‘cheap’ photographer versus the high end ‘pricey’ photographer. But let’s look at it this way. You get what you pay for, and that includes photography. You’re paying someone to capture your memories, shouldn’t your memories be worth to pay more. I can’t talk for other photographers but as my own experience, I knew that when I was starting out, I shoot for free, because I was just learning, I was getting some photos for my portfolio. And then, when I started charging I charge accordingly, what I am worth at that time, it doesn’t matter if I charge cheap that I will not always stay cheap. I read somewhere that if I continue to learn more, attend more workshops and training, and continually investing in my business and working hard to perfect my craft, then I should be raising my prices I am getting to be a better photographer, thus is worth more. If I am happy to stay where I was, and not continue to learn and hone my craft, then by all means, I can be just the ‘cheap’ photographer but then I will be pushing the other photographers who are working really hard down by my ‘cheap’ pricing. So I hope you do understand that if I start raising my prices, it means I am putting in more. Just like the universal law, you get what you give!

This is a great article and I recommend you to read it. Click here to read it.

And because a post will be naked without a photo, here is a sneak of a newborn session.

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