Ever since I decided to go ahead and dive in, this has been on my mind. What makes me different than any other mom with a camera? Well, starting Faye Sevel Photography was not just a, "well I have a great camera and I love taking pictures, so it's time to set up shop" kind of decision. Anyone can buy a digital SLR and take great pictures with it. So what is the difference between an amateur and a professional? I can tell you that six months ago, my photography did not measure up to what I would consider professional standards. I didn't really understand what my camera could do. I knew nothing of lighting, composition, aperture, exposure etc. I made a decision to learn...I mean really learn the techniques and guess what, better and more beautiful art followed. A true professional knows that the education never ends. I'm constantly studying and trying to improve. And while I'm always studying others' work, I've developed my own style which I love more than anything. But it doesn't end with art and technique. A professional must learn the business of it too... production, marketing, paper work, and promotion. It's about becoming an entrepreneur with photography as the art and passion. Now, I know my stuff, I have a passion for it...the art of it, the business of it and the creating something for others that they will hopefully love too. So, to me, that is the evolution of an amateur to a professional. I would do it for no money at all, because I love it and it's just a part of me, but I also know that as a true professional I can command a fee. It just comes with being a professional.
Canon EOS Rebel T3, ISO 100, 1/160 sec, f5.6, 53.00mm, no flash