I had that charity walk event this morning that you kind ladies talked me into. It was great!!! Well, all except one part. The below is a copy and paste from something I posted else where, but thought I'd share here.
I'm going to be very vague with people and places here....
Let me first start with about myself. I am no no way a 'professional' nor do I pose to be. I am purely a hobbyist that loves photography and am learning as much as possible to be as good as I possibly can be. I shoot only manual and in RAW. I edit or enhance 100% of my photos. I do not take money from people and I make sure that if I do take photos of others (which I have) that I they are aware that I am learning and skill building. I don't even feel like I am at the portfolio building stage (though everyone around me says I'm crazy). I just know my exposure, focus, and composition aren't good enough to have a paying client....I thought (and honestly still do think) this is the right route for me.
Well, a friend of mine, who heads a local chapter of a photography charity group, asked me if I would like to volunteer my time and talent for a charity walk. I said sure, I had never done anything like that before and thought it would be a neat experience. I was under the impression that all 'legal' aspects of this would be taken care of.
Fast forward to this morning, the morning of the walk. I get there and see another woman with cameras, she looks pro. So I go up to her and introduce myself and explain who asked me to come and for what reason. This girl is helping out another woman who is 'in charge' of the photography. Well, this professional business woman proceeds to give me the 5th degree lecture on consent, legality, etc. Only she and the other girl have permission to take photos and that if I take photos and they are used, I will be sued...Um, ok. I understand all that. I'm not trying to use any of the photos for my personal use or promotion. She was just very rude and condescending. I finally get a hold of my friend that asked me to come and it turns out a different group asked my friend and I to come along to take photos for their specific group. That part was a bit disorganized, but she has consent from her patient's families so we're good to go.
My whole qualm here is this. I feel like I'm going about my journey in the correct way. I am not 'undercutting' the market and I'm not trying to start a business if my skill levels aren't where they should be (and honestly don't think business is what I want). I want to believe that all pros out there aren't complete snobs and shun anyone with a camera, but today's experience really turned me off. I don't want to be looked upon by others more advanced than I am as a nuisance, uneducated, or a newbie who just picked up a camera yesterday. I am working my hardest to LEARN my equipment, LEARN the techniques and skills needed to be a better photographer...NOT a business.
I guess this whole rant is just to say that I'm really discouraged. I want to learn from those around me (not in a leech kind of way), I want to be treated with respect when I meet a fellow photographer. But, I feel like I will be looked down on because I'm not a 'pro' or 'in business'.
Thanks for listening, I think there is just a fine line in photography. You have to prove yourself or else you're just another girl who bought a fancy camera and doesn't take it off that green box.