What a week for Yahoo, a $1 billion dollar acquisition of Tumblr, huge changes to Flickr and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer managing to insult the entire professional photography community with her comments.
…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers [sic]. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.
We’ve all put our foot in it at some point and Marissa Mayer certainly did with the above statement. Marissa has been bombarded with tweets about her comments forcing her to apologize, claiming she worded it wrong and it sounds terrible when out of context.
Here are 13 traits of a professional photographer as written by Andrew Fingerman.
13 Traits That Make a Photographer “Professional”
A professional photographer…
- Approaches a project in a manner that shows respect for both the subject and the client’s goal.
- Works with a client to achieve that goal under specific budget constraints.
- Delivers the end result, as agreed upon, on time and in a manner that shows the client’s most critical needs are understood.
- Finds ways to make a client’s life easier from the beginning of a project to the end, including saving them time and making them look like a hero.
- Is prepared to face any problem with a creative solution, from the most dire to the off-the-wall.
- Takes criticism and adjusts (quickly) in order to get the job done.
- Can completely pivot among all kinds of changing circumstances.
- Presents, negotiates, agrees, executes, invoices, and follows up with consistency and personal pride.
- Knows how to pitch and market oneself with accuracy so the promised service is what’s delivered.
- Researches the subject of a story and contributes insights and vision that make the end result better.
- Builds rapport with a subject in a way that gains unique access, makes them more comfortable, or exposes their personality.
- Keeps one’s composure while dodging bombs, borders, and mobs, linebackers and foul balls, sharks, elephants, horses, and bees, roadies, divas, tornadoes, and brides and any other incoming threats or obstacles, and still gets the job done.
And to the final one (#13) I’ll add – there’s nobody I’ve met on this planet who can tell stories like a professional photographer can. Period.
Read the entire post by Andrew over on the Photoshelter Blog