You know what? I LOVE taking pictures. It is fun and I hope everyone gets to share that excitement too. But I also create Portraits. I can do that because I have been trained over the course of 20 years of college degrees and countless seminars, conventions, events, retreats, and classes. I have invest in the right equipment that I know how to use, and hone my craft.
I want everyone to share the joy of photography but I want people to keep it as a hobby that they love. Once they start taking their friends pictures for a little money it grows and before long they are "doing sessions" for new borns and weddings and other ONCE IN A LIFETIME events that can be redone.
I love to bake, I don't make wedding cakes and charge for them. I enjoy painting to no end, but I don't hire out to paints my friend's walls. I enjoy building stuff, so I make props, not my friends houses. I own scissors, but I promise you that you do not want me to cut your hair.
Find things you love to do and get great joy from them and enjoy every minute of those hobbies but please leave the big stuff to the professionals.
You may think you are doing them a favor, saving them money...did you look a the photo above. Really, are you saving them anything except from getting a beautiful portrait that their children will inherit?
Let me do the professional portraits, you have fun with your camera with your kids and flowers, and wildlife and I won't come and do your job for my friends to save them some money.
Preserve your photos by having them printed, make books from them do something cool with them, but don't think you are good enough to take someone's wedding photos!
OK THANKS FOR LISTENING TO TODAY'S SOAPBOX. I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I DO AND I AM EQUALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT MY CUSTOMERS AND I WANT THEM TO GET AND HAVE THE BEST.