It's so unfortunate these days that anyone can buy themselves a DSLR and instantly call themselves a professional photographer.
Whilst we all had to start somewhere, charging people good money when you have no experience, sub standard equipment and don't know how to use it really annoys me. People are entitled to receive value for their money.
A few of these people really do need to just shoot for a while to gain experience and hone their skills before charging people.
Also charging ridiculously cheap amounts for something as important as a wedding is not doing themselves or anyone else any favours.
I think a few might find it somewhat different if they were to find themselves in small claims court for delivery of sub standard photos. Unfortunately they don't think of these things, they just jump in where angels fear to tread.
For those of us who make our whole living from photography and have done so for may years we don't fear healthy competition. But I sometimes wonder when people like a a particular Facebook photographers work what they are liking, as we are obviously not looking at the same photos.
There really should be some of global organization that is designed to vet all potential professional photographers before they are allowed to charge for the services. Then we would all be on a level playing field.
That's my rant over.....now I just have to figure out how to combat the dreaded Facebook Pro. :-)
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