Let’s try something…
Everyone stand up. Come on, just humor me.
Ok…if you are a professional photographer, sit down.
If you are someone that takes pictures and gives a disk for $50 or some such amount, sit down.
If your answer is ‘Photographer’ when you tell people what you do…sit down.
If you are related to a photographer, sit down.
If your neighbor is a photographer, sit down.
If someone that goes to your church is a photographer, sit down.
Is there anyone left standing?
At this point, I seriously doubt it!
I first started my business ten years ago. 2003 was a completely different time for us photographers. Sure, we still had to find our way and deal with a few silly things…but now?
We have ‘photographers’ that give everything away on Groupon for $39.
We have ‘photographers’ that copy pictures from legit photographers and put them on their own websites claiming them as their own.
We have ‘photographers’ that show no respect. They graffiti walls, they bring heavy furniture onto private property, they are rude to the owners of the land that they are using for profit!
It is embarrassing, this photographer thing!
After moving across the country, I am wondering if I should even bother to start my business up here. I have to decide if I want to be lumped in with the general ‘photographer’ group.
So many people think that it is ‘easy money’ and hey, they got a brand new DSLR for Christmas, so lets start a ‘business’. But these same people don’t understand what all it takes to operate an actual business. Do they ever pay taxes? Who knows.
It is just so frustrating that something that was such a passion of mine has turned into this.
Maybe further on down the line the professional photographers will have their day again. But for now, I think I am going to hang out for a while and be a picture taker. :sigh: