The world of professional photography is not an easy one and it can be very easy to get drawn into losing sight, of why as photographers we wanted to become involved in the industry in the first place.
As I become more deeply involved with the industry as a whole I see many professionals complaining about the amateurs, complaining about there colleagues and complaining about the industry in general. Jealousy runs rife, childish spats are the norm and internet personas in particular become completely the opposite of the person or organisation they were originally meant to represent.
For many it seems the simple joy of capturing an image that will live on is gone, drowned out by petty insecurities and the chasing of the overriding factor in any business the need to make a profit.
It would seem that some of my colleagues have lost focus on what is actually the most important factor for me, enjoying what they do!
For me I still love to take pictures of my kids and shooting landscapes purely for fun and it is that combined with the wish to drive towards improvement that keeps me going while others seem to feel that turning there camera on and not making £'s is a waste of time. They no longer understand what drives the amateurs and then in turn fear them them as there drive to succeed is stronger as they are striving for improvement for no other reason than the sheer enjoyment factor.
For me I will continue as I am, enjoying what I do and try to avoid falling into the same trap.
For me a happy photographer is a successful one, it shows in your images!
Who wants to book a guy who does nothing but complain about his colleagues, professionals and amateurs alike.
There is nothing wrong in taking pride in what you do, there is nothing wrong with declining to work for free or for only expenses but I feel if you want to be successful it's important to not forget about what made you pick up a camera in the first place and always allow time for personal ventures, regardless if it contributes to making a profit or not.