Monday, September 03, 2007
A step backwards :(
I've been in this industry for five years and I've seen a radical shift in mindset amongst wedding photographers who can now happily embrace each other as friends and collegues instead of competition.
Typically Studio Photography and Design does a pretty good job but this article really irks me. We've all worked incredibly hard to change the environment in our industry from one of scarcity to one of abundance and then to have some writer publish an article based on a *trivial 1250 responses pretty much calling new photographers "wannabes" and claiming that they "steal" business is something we must fight or we'll see the environment change rapidly back to where it was.
Here's my response to her and I'd encourage you to respond as well.
*Click here* and let them know how you feel.
Dear Ms. Propper,
I'm writing about your August article, "Is a Pro Photographer Wannabe Cutting Into Your Business?"
I've been in this industry for five years and have seen a radical change in the culture that exists from that of scarcity and competition to that of abundance and community.
Your article not only implies that we (photographers) are competitors, which I don't believe we are, but it also encourages negativity towards newcomers. Many of us have worked hard to rid the industry of these attitudes and beliefs and publishing things like this takes us a step backwards.
Please consider the strides we have all taken to make this industry a better place to work and live and write articles that keep us moving in a positive direction.
* FYI - I got 1979 responses to my workshop survey overnight so I think it's pathetic that they would write an article after only receiving 1250.