I’m An Amateur. No Apologies Series

September 14, 2009

in Featured, Instruction

I’m not in this for the money. Matter of fact my photography costs me money, it doesn’t make me money.

But that’s fine.

What is a Professional?

Von R Buzzard at his blog had a post entitled What Kind of Photographer Are You? Part 1. I think a better title would have been What is a Professional Photographer? In it he says this:

My teacher in college, Bob White, used to say there are three types of photographers in this world…
Professional: They know what they are doing and they make a living at it.
Amateur: They know what they are doing, they just don’t make money doing it
Picture Shooters: Everyone else

I like that definition because it doesn’t connect quality with professional. That’s where people get upset. There are people like me who are passionate photographers and produce what I like to believe are quality images. But we’re not Pros because we don’t make a living at it.

Then we see people who do make a living shooting that produce low quality images. We get upset because most people equate quality and professionalism.


Another problem is people want “professionalism” from a photographer, even if they aren’t being paid. What does this mean?

To me it means you act with integrity. You are there to produce quality images, not to ogle or fondle naked girls, or meet women. You are there to do what you say you there to do – photography.

No Apologies

I think I’m going to start pronouncing amateur with an accent. Like provocateur. That will make it sound cooler. 🙂

I don’t care if you think I suck because I don’t do this for a living. I’m irrationally passionate about creating beautiful images of beautiful models. I strive to do it extremely well and act with integrity. If that isn’t enough for you, I’m making no more apologies.

1 Von R Buzard September 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

Excellent, I wish I had said it as well as you just did.

Fact: the word Ametuer means “to Love” meaning the ametuers do it because they Love doing it. It’s often easier to find the Passion when you don’t have the Business hanging over you head

2 Suzi September 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

I like amateur pronounced funky.

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