Be Prepared

In talking to people about my photography business recently, I've heard stories from people who have recently had bad experiences with professional photographers. I won't relate the exact stories here. We'll just leave it that the experience was less than professional for the clients.

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:

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Kind
  • Obedient
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Brave
  • Clean
  • Reverent

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.

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