|Dennis M 1064
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| p.1 #15 · What is the definition of a professional photographer |
If what you do is something you were formally educated in, traditionally trained in, amassed years of experience in and currently employed as, then you're a professional in that particular field.
I don't believe it should be solely dictated by how much money you make. But if you work at best buy 240 days a year and photograph 6 weddings. You're just moonlighting.
If you were formally educated, traditionally trained in, and promote yourself as a wedding photographer, and have already been paid for shooting 6 weddings, why would you not be a Pro, or at least a Part-time professional photographer? I have a feeling, lots of Pros at many things are working full time jobs outside of their chosen profession, to keep the lights on.
I agree with the first part, formally educated in, traditionally trained. Years of experience? Not really. Is a Doctor not a Professional? Even the one that graduated at the bottom of the class is a professional when he takes his first job, full time or part time.
Students that graduate from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University are licensed Commercial Pilots when they graduate, and are Professional Pilots when they are employed. Even as a part-time flight instructor, that works at Best Buy to make up for the incredibly low pay, of a Professional Flight Instructor. Yup, you can go from student, straight to teacher in aviation. I hold a Commercial license, with Multi-engine and Instrument ratings. I never became employed. I'm a licensed commercial pilot, not a Professional pilot. I am a Golf Pro though, and was formally trained in commercial photography, but am not a professional photographer.
Sometimes I think that people believe that being designated a Professional, is more a 'right of passage', by somebody that 'paid their dues' than actually getting an education, then gaining employment, in that field. Maybe the confusion is more about, what is a professional field, what is a trade, what is just a job, and what is the difference. There is a difference between being a professional, and a job being considered a 'profession'.