It’s been said that in 2017 everyone is a photographer, and from the unrelenting firehose of pictures that fill every inch of digital real estate and social media these days I can see why folks would think that. Of course just taking a picture doesn’t make you a photographer any more than microwaving a bag of popcorn makes you a chef. So while everyone can (and does) take pictures, actual photographers are a rarer breed.
In my time I have made a good living as a photographer, and no matter what my job is currently, shooting photos is still what I’m best at. That’s not to say I want to go back into the world of photography being my sole source of income. Imagine a world where every bag of microwaved popcorn was a good enough meal for 90% of people. Noooo thank you. But it occurred to me the other day that being a professional photographer instils one with a unique set of skills and traits that are perfectly suited for modern careers.