One of the many problems for photographers is how those who couldn’t care less about the business of photography do damage to the business of photography. Often, these are people who have other jobs that pay the bills, and they look to photo credit to give them pleasure, acclaim, and notoriety, getting their satisfaction at the expense — literally — of those who earn a living making pictures. Many times, these are “moms with cameras”, or MWCs. What I’d like to highlight today is something different. It’s a MWC who is endeavoring to do things right.
She is writing a blog, titled “Hey Girl, Nice Shot – It takes more than a camera to go pro.” She’s got several posts I’d like to highlight, and encourage you to read. They are:
- Office Hours
- Check out: 7 Bad Habits of Digital Photographers
- Do You Need a Model Release?
- Going Logo
- Worth the Cost of Enrollment
In that last post on enrollment, she writes, in part:
And you may be thinking “What’s the point of joining the PPA?”
What is the PPA? The Professional Photographers of America is an association created for professional photographers. The goal of the association is to help photographers be successful.
What are the benefits of joining? Well, I got two in the mail yesterday. One was the Professional Photographer magazine. I read it cover to cover every month. It has a section each month on helping you increase your profits, and it has lots of information on products and services for photographers. I look forward to getting it each month. The second item I got was the paperwork for my equipment insurance. When you are in an association you get the benefit of a group buy for insurance so the equipment insurance is less expensive than going it on your own, and the underwriter knows how to work with photographers!
So, thanks to this MWC for doing things right. My hat is off to you. Keep up the hard work!
P.S. MWCs — I was featured in the January edition of PPA’s magazine on business practices; I hope it was a good read for you.