Recently while photographing on the the Oregon coast, a woman on a bicycle stopped and announced that she loved to talk to photographers. Her first question to me was: Are you a professional?
In a split second my mind calculated the several different responses that I could give her:
- What is a professional?
- What does it matter what I’m called?
- Wouldn’t you rather know if I’m any good?
Because all the definitions I had seen for “professional” were income based (you must earn at least 50% of your income from your photography) I chose a simple “No” for my response.
The woman then rode away, asking no further questions.
I just smiled.