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I also have questions regarding it (and they've never answered them)
What is their definition of full-time? Is it 40 hours a week? Is it x amount of shutter clicks?
Is it only time holding a camera? Does it count editing/travel/client meetings/business related items?
There's times that I am in my car going to and from events longer than I'm shooting and editing them.
This is the question that really needs defining, full-time, and isn't clearly defined. Here is the current CPS definition...
'Gold Membership offers the seasoned imaging professional support for virtually every technical and creative issue that may arise. Whether you require live 24/7 emergency phone support, expedited repair and loaner coverage, on-site support at select events and shows, or the opportunity to evaluate the latest professional equipment, CPS Gold has you covered. Please see below for full details.'
'Membership is available to individuals (self-employed or employed with a professional imaging company) who play a direct role in the creation of moving or still images on a full-time basis. Applicants must meet Canon equipment requirements to enroll. The fee for CPS Gold membership is $100 annually.'
I'm not out in the public shooting on a daily basis, but when required do use my home studio to produce product images of the designer clothes and jewelry that my better half has hand-made for the last 20yrs. She has a business, it's not full-time, was a hobby at first but became a for sale, for profit, successful small business. Alterations and such are also part of efforts/profits. She's a 'professional' senior level IT specialist; her day job, but has won multiple awards at 'professional' local groups that include all level of sewers, beginners to old-timers.
I'm her product photographer, her only photographer, mostly only shoot after a deliverable is completed, not many want to see the process of designing a garment, cutting the panels out, fittings, adjustments, etc. So my involvement is not daily, it's not time dependent but it's mandatory that product shots be produced for advertising purposes; in-house and for show.
I've shot seriously for 35 plus years, not for profit, secondary to my 'profession' which is software development. Not sold a single print, given many away, my intent was to just shoot and have folks perhaps enjoy my efforts. When healthy I've shot each day, but again not for profit. I'd like to think given my dedication to this craft that my 'skill' level, knowledge and use of my gear, my darkroom and now digital PP skills are top-notch, and growing.
I'm a serious hobbyist, sometimes a part-time working, serious photographer for pay. Where do I fit into this notion of 'Professional'? I paid for a CPS membership in early 2012 after not doing so, and have since not done so due to inactivity because of severe health issues.
To those that question what professional or full-time means, I'd like to hear from you. Intent is my obvious query, it's never been about profit, although some monies are made. I haven't shrunk from my studies, refinements, gear required to create the best images possible. This, photography, is my only serious hobby, it's not a trivial pursuit, my intent is pure, to be my absolute best at image making.
I'm not out in the field due to my wheelchair boundness and my injury level, both present sever barriers to being a full-time photographer, sitting behind a computer pays the bills and more and that's where I've lived these last few decades.
Where does the 'professional' distinction lay Gear wise I meet/exceed Platinum requirements, and will continue to. It's not a tough call the label full-time professional, software is my full-time day job and many a night as well. Photography is part-time from a 'time spent doing' perspective, but not in my dedication to this art. So in black and white terms I'm not a 'full-time professional' nor in some eyes should be considered such.
So be it, full-time not, professional yes; without any hesitation said. Doomed to be a Professional Hobbyist, stuck in the middle like many, ethics intact, but still unsure where I stand; as I sit mostly