Everyone is a Photographer…NOT!

I thought this would be a great followup to my “I Could NOT Disagree More” post.


I hear a lot of professional photographers saying that nowadays: “EVERYONE is a photographer.”

And when I hear it, I kind of cringe.

To be sure, there are a lot of pictures being taken. From DSLR’s to camera phones to camera tablets, we are a generation that must photograph everything, even our food. (Guilty. I admit it.)
And that’s great! I am very much in favor of capturing as much of Life as possible. The memories, the times together…we just don’t get that back, and a photograph is the closest we get to reliving it.
But…EVERYONE a photographer? A REAL photographer?

Well, I must respectfully disagree.

Everyone is not a photographer…it’s just, well, most everyone has cameras.

See, I think it all boils down to what, exactly, makes one a “photographer.” I know there are folks who argue that if you can hold a camera and press a button and take a picture, then, technically, you’re a photographer. These are the same folks who will argue semantics and whip out a Webster’s Dictionary to prove their case. And I won’t argue with them.

Hey, if you need it, take it.

But I don’t buy into that definition, because if I did, that would utterly and completely diminish what REAL photographers do.
The ownership of an object and/or the ability to perform a simple task does not entitle one to claim a certain status.

If it did, everyone who owns scissors would be a stylist.
Everyone who drives fast would be a race car driver
Everyone who puts flowers in a vase would be a florist
Everyone who gives their pet a bath would be a groomer
Everyone who cooks food would be a chef.
Everyone who owns a piano would be a musician

That argument simply doesn’t make sense.

REAL photographers know what goes into running a business and creating extraordinary images and laugh when they hear it’s “just a click of a button.”

They aren’t playing at this.

REAL photographers know that there isn’t a fine line between a real photographer and someone playing with a camera; rather, it’s a very very wide line. It’s like a giant moat. And that moat is filled with tough stuff… stuff like:

Attention to detail
Customer service
Pushing yourself forward even when you don’t want to

NOTE from Me…I think Missy forgot passion or the feeling you get when you get your shot just right! (at least that happens to me).

So, go forth, secure in the fact that what you do is NOT done by everyone else.

And to the people who try to diminish what you do by inferring anyone can do what YOU do, let your response be,
“Sure they can…but only a handful do it well.”

For although everyone has a camera, not everyone is a professional photographer.

owning a camera


written by Missy Mwac

Presented by Mary Beth Lovejoy, photographer

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email: marybeth@lovejoy-photography.com

phone: 585.348.7380 or 315.374.0506



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