Yesterday, I called out a supposed top photography leader in the wedding industry on a hypocritical statement he made, “The photo industry is full of self promotion and sadly it usually only leads to self destruction.” This is interesting, when this person is all about self promotion and even put a huge photo of himself on the side of a tour bus. Me speaking the truth did not make him happy, or his followers. What was really interesting was the amount of support that came my way in other people thanking me for calling him out. Many said they were afraid to say what I said, but are thrilled that the truth is coming out. If people are afraid to put it out there in public, their honest opinions, now they have a place to call their own.
By the way, I am not a “Grumpy”, a label these supposed leaders came up with to downplay those photographers, myself included, who have been practicing this craft and art of photography for over 20 years with a driven passion. They don’t want us “grumpies’ / experienced photographers having a voice or more importantly an opinion on the state of our industry. As he said (supposed wedding photography leader), “Death to the grumpies”. How dare you try to make us look bad, professional photographers who believe in the art and this is our passion. I have studied photography on the university level, even taught at the same level. I have mentored many, lectured, studied and lived my passion, photography.
So go ahead and self destruct through your vain self promotion. I still have plenty of career ahead of me, because what is important to me is my craft of photography and my happy clients, real clients, that I still shoot weddings and other events and jobs for.
So long live the TRUTH!