I have been really shocked at the lack of professionalism that I have been seeing lately on Facebook. The new thing amongst the photography community is to crucify and publicly humiliate an individual for a lack of understanding or poor judgement.
Now, by no means am I condoning bad choices made by others, especially with newborn photography. Many of you know that I have recently written a Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide to help teach aspiring newborn photographers safe practices for these sessions. And to be honest and frank, it down right scares me how many unsafe techniques I see all over the place. However, instead of crucifying and publicly humiliating someone, I contact them privately in hopes to help equip them with a tool that will help them be safe.
As a member of the Professional Photographers of America, I agreed to a code of ethics that I would like to encourage the entire professional photography community to practice. Here are a few…
- Use the highest levels of honesty, professionalism and integrity.
- In all dealing with fellow professional photographers, students and others who aspire to be professional photographers, I shall share the knowledge and skill of professional photography.
- Support efforts for and assist in the education of all interested persons the general public in the art and science of professional photography
My hope in writing this is to not offend anyone, but to be a voice of encouragement in raising the bar of professionalism amongst the photography community and that we would join forces and fight against online bullying. Most importantly, my hope is that we would always remember to be kind and be professional…
It comes back to what I was taught as a child: Treat others how you too would want to be treated.
If you are an aspiring photographer and want to grow your skills and be surrounded by an encouraging community of photographers, please check out Professional Photographers of America. It is a GREAT place to learn and grow.