How do I know you are a real photographer?
Earlier today I got a call from a friend who immediately stated that he was on his cell phone with only a limited couple of minutes to spare.
He then proceeded to ask me the following question, “Chuck, how do I know you are a real photographer?”
His question caught me off guard a bit as photography to me is a bit like breathing – e.g., something I innately enjoy doing naturally and akin to my enjoyment as a writer and multimedia developer.
Yet I promptly gave him my instinctual answer and will loop back to that in a moment.
He then went on to share how he was asked the same question on Tuesday by someone on a shoot while on assignment in Stamford CT as he was about to head home, “So how do I know you are a real photographer?”
Said person baited him a bit by suggesting the following:
- Because you have a big lens?
- Because you have a fancy expensive camera?
- Because your camera has umpteen mega pixels?
- Because you have lighting gear?
- Because you say so?
- So what! So how do I know you are a photographer and why should I believe you?
All good questions and one might ask similar of other professions – e.g., why are you a real dentist? Because you went to school? Got a degree? Achieved a GPA over x-level? Was inspired by Rodolph The Red Nose Reindeer and Hermey the dentist who tamed the beast with climax abominable tooth pulling success for friendly smiling abominable neighbor among pack of Santa friendly flying reindeer ..??..
Okay – sometimes asking why gets to the heart of things so here we go -> click the next tab below -> “My Answer” ….
My Answer – I Am a Real Photographer Because …
Aaron Neville was asked once about similar – e.g., muse in his head and where songs and his voice stemmed from … his reply was something like this, “If only I could do justice and share the voice in my head – this is my goal – to achieve the angelic sonics I hear internally and communicate that …”
Accordingly, something about being vehicles and blessing to co-create with Highest Good Management Team and be efficient vehicle at sharing et al.
Photos in this Post
Below are the four images linked to this post – enjoy!
PS – these four images were shot this past week during a reunion on Cape Cod with VanDyke – the guide dog pup we raised and have not seen since he graduated from Guiding Eyes for the Blind six years ago.
And yes I took a bunch of photos – 661 to be exact plus almost two hours of film thus to be continued in this dept of Cape Cod pics