What Exactly is a Professional Photographer — 18 Comments

  1. Hello Mary. You are THERE my friend. Awesome photos, and looks like you’ve really got some skills in Photoshop. I need to learn so much in it! And now that I’m retiring after Sunday, I plan on sitting down and really learning at Photshop and Lightroom both. I have been “semi-professional” for a couple of years, but never really made much money, just enough to get a tax-break a couple years. I am planning on trying to remedy that next year as well.

    Good luck, and thanks for the link to the other great article!
    Love your work!

    • Thanks so much Dennis, that means a lot. And how exciting, retirement and a plan to learn more and more. Lightroom and Photoshop are both so amazing, so many things to learn. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. you are a fabulous photographer… you see the things behind the things and you can tell a story without words… just with a photo… and so much photos encourage your readers to ponder about the photo and they maybe learn to see the things a little with your eyes… they eyes of a photographer…

  3. Dearest Mary, hello!

    I know what you’re saying. I’ve had this conversation in my mind for years about many things that I do, not necessarily professionally, but I’ve said, “I play the harp but I’m not a musician. I write poetry, but I’m not a poet. I teach, but I’m not a teacher, etc…” After 15 years of teaching now, I can finally say, “I am a professional, I am a teacher.” But I know that I’m still learning, in fact, I learn EVERY DAY in my profession, and I’m learning every day about photography and poetry. YOU in my eyes, are a professional, but I think I’ve come to understand this term a little differently. A professional is someone who never, ever stops learning. It’s an attitude of wonder and curiosity, humility in realizing that one can adjust according to trends, the times, the people who you serve. And your photograph is constantly evolving into delightful and surprising imagery as you follow the ebb and flow of nature’s beauty. ENJOY!

  4. Your photography is definitely professional enough to call yourself a photographer. Mom’s goals are to get her business running really well, and to get us all more involved in our dog sports and competitions. We shall see how it all shakes out.

  5. Hello, Mary! Your photos always amaze me. Beautiful images and captures. I wish you much success with your photography and all the best in 2017!

  6. Goals are wonderful. I think everyone else considers you a photographer so it’s just a matter of getting there in your own mind. I’m sure you will.
    My first goal is to actually set some goals! I tend to get in ruts, or happy routines, and forget that I need to move forward as well. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. I love your photography. My goals always involve learning new things. My biggest one for 2016 was to learn how to teach my dogs new things far more effectively than ever before. I took courses all year long to work toward that goal. I’m almost there but, of course, at the expense of other things. My 2016 has taught me that you can’t improve at everything. You have to focus. I’d love to devote a year to photography…

    I think you’re a photographer already but I admire your drive to keep learning more.

  8. You have taken your photos to new heights, Mary! I’m in awe every time I visit your site!
    Thank you for sharing with us, Happy 2017. :)

  9. My main goal this year is to change how I react to Ducky’s reactivity. I started a course early this week; but between the holidays and needing to study for my Vet Assistant course, I haven’t had much time to devote to it. I’m hoping to get back to it tomorrow or Sunday.

    BTW, in my humble opinion you are definitely a professional photographer!!

  10. I worked with an excellent professional photographer for several years and he made a definitive distinction between “photographers” and “picture takers” that made total sense. It’s like the difference between two musicians – both may play the piece perfectly, but one adds heart, soul, emotion, and the other just plays the notes on the page. I think of you as an artist and a photographer; to be good – *really* good – at the second you need to also be the first, in my humble opinion. I feel you were naturally blessed with both. It’s interesting that you should talk about this, you reminded me that I had a hard time calling myself a writer and not just saying “I write” even after I’d been freelancing for a few years, had sold several hundred articles and had two monthly columns in newspapers. Funny how we tend to see ourselves…or not see ourselves. I’m looking forward to the beautiful, unique images your heart and artistry bring forth in 2017.

    • This is a wonderful analogy, I will certainly keep that one in mind. And ya….why can’t we just give ourselves credit for what we are, or what we do?

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