This made me ponder, what makes a Professional Photographer? Besides knowing your craft and creating exciting images for the client, it also means behaving, well, professional! There is definitely a difference between a professional photographer, and a photographer who conducts themselves in a professional manner.
I recalled an early code of conduct I learned when I was young from the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, I learned the expected behavior as a boy scout, and the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared! Could there be a better motto for a professional photographer?! Be prepared to meet your client's needs: Carry an extra body, batteries, speedlights. Carry what you need to get the job done!
Another pillar of the Boy Scouts is the Boy Scout Law: A Scout is: A Scout is:
I won't go through each point of the law, I can't imagine any one of these that shouldn't be representative of the behavior of a professional photographer. I will definitely be keeping these points in mind the next time I meet a new client.