Listening in on a conversation amongst “professional” photographers, I have to say I have been quite discouraged. And when I say “professional”, read that with air quotes. As in, people who charge others for the pictures they take, however, there is no membership within photography guilds, associations, or even any certificates from courses taken from reputable sources. So not professional by any standard.
However, as I listened in to this conversation, one individual was complaining that a client was cancelling their wedding, giving all vendors nearly six months notice, claiming that the reason was a serious illness for a close family member. The discussion became less about the client’s amount of notice, but whether the individual should or should not return the client’s deposit. It became about whether the client was lying about the reason or not. And I discovered as I listened in on this conversation that there was absolutely no compassion to be found amongst these individuals.
Have we lost our humanity for the sake of the almighty dollar? Was that few hundred dollars worth it when likely the date can be filled with another potential client? Where did our compassion go, and if it’s gone, should we really be working in a field where we work with people as our clients and as our subjects? Perhaps some inward reflection would be a good idea for situations like this.
I do not want to be like these people. I do not want to lose my compassion for my fellow humans. To feel that the money is worth more than the stress the client is undergoing. I am not a professional photographer. My photography is purely for enjoyment, and perhaps this is why I feel differently than these others. Its times like these where I feel I need to disconnect from these types of photographers. But don’t worry, it isn’t personal if it’s just business…