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fstopper89
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If you are making some sort of income from doing hired photography gigs, whether you are working for someone as an employee or you have your own business, you are considered a professional. Professional doesn’t always mean quality. Generally they go hand-in-hand, but like the others have said, some people who own a legitimate photography business still absolutely suck at it. When I first started out I was doing some paid shoots though I did not yet have a tax ID or anything, but it didn’t amount to much money. Even though I have a legitimate business now I still shoot for fun as a hobby as well. I don’t make a large portion of my yearly income on photography (I have a full-time job besides) but I am also a professional photographer.

I guess as long as a professional photographer isn’t trying to make themselves out as more than what they really are (fauxtographers shooting weddings), they are on the right track. You don’t have to do a ton of photography work to be a professional.