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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What's your job title?


This question is mainly for those of you who work for a company/organization (aka not self-employed). I just had my one-year review (it went very well, thank you) as "Photographer". Before I was hired, the position was called "Photographer/Graphic Artist" (or Graphic Design Assistant - something like that). Let's just say the previous individuals in my position didn't meet expectations (in photography or graphic design) so I think that was one of the reasons the "Graphic Artist" portion was removed from the title. Now, upon the occasion of my one-year review I've been thinking about my job title.

I think a lot of people, not just at my workplace but in general, have the idea that a photographer just presses a button and their job is done (at least that's the impression I get when I shoot a three-day event and then get asked for the photos the next day). Photographers (probably any creatives for that matter) realize that there is more to being a photographer than just taking pictures. You know there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in post to get a photo ready for print or uploading to the web. I want my job title to convey that so, at the very least, people understand that there is more to my job than just pressing a shutter button. So, I had mentioned to my supervisor changing my title to "Photographer/Editor", or something like that. For the record, she was very on-board with the idea.

So, what is your job-title and do you think it accurately describes the job you do? Am I over-thinking this and I should just get over it? Haha. Looking forward to your responses.



May 16, 2017 at 01:35 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · What's your job title?


I've never been big on job titles as all they do is pigeon hole you. As far as Photographer / Editor goes...it seems like you are a photo journalist who also writes the story...is that what you do?

Just be happy with Photographer.



May 16, 2017 at 04:45 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · What's your job title?


Yeah, that' what we were worried about (that it makes it sound like I'm a writer), but I'm "just" a photographer. I'll keep brainstorming. I would like to hear what other peoples' title are though, for s's and g's.


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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · What's your job title?



I couldn't give a damn about the job title, They can put "Florist" on my door for all I care.

It's the numbers on the pay check I'm concerned with.



May 16, 2017 at 11:17 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · What's your job title?


glort wrote:
I couldn't give a damn about the job title, They can put "Florist" on my door for all I care.


You would garner more respect, with Florist rather than Photographer

It's the numbers on the pay check I'm concerned with.

Same here. A fancy title and $5.00 won't buy you a latte




May 17, 2017 at 02:42 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What's your job title?


Titles unfortunately mean something when looking for another position or for asking for a raise. I work in a position that once had three job titles: photographer, database manager, rights and reproductions specialist. I lobbied for, and successfully had it changed to Image Services Manager. Working for an institution requires meaningful titles and a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities.


May 28, 2017 at 03:18 AM







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