A photographer is someone who has a camera and takes pictures.
A toddler could do it.
Heck, a monkey could do it.
A professional photographer, however, is something altogether different
Professional photographers hit their mark 99% of the time
They are consistent in their photography
They are able to create quality images in any situation
Over and over and over again
No frantic pleas to Facebook-land because they now have to shoot in a dark space and “OMG, I’ve never used off camera flash or any flash and I’m freaking out and HELP! I NEED TIPS!”
No, “I am doing my first family session tomorrow and I have no idea what I’m doing. Hit me up with your favorite poses.”
Nor do they panic when they drop their ONE camera at a wedding.
Professional photographers are committed to their craft and to their clients. 110%. Day in and day out.
They aren’t playing at this.
So don’t be fooled.
Having a camera does not make you a professional photographer.
It simply makes you someone who has a camera.
About the Author
Missy Mwac is a photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can follow her social media links here: Facebook, Tumblr. This article was also published here and shared with permission.