tkbslc wrote in post #15247394
What's that have to do with shooting high school gigs?
Who called themselves a professional photographer in this scenario? Certainly not the OP and certainly not the people taking pictures to share with family and friends. I wouldn't want to be a pro photographer by any means. But amateurs are in fact lining up to shoot for free and they don't really care if you think you deserve to be paid and they feel they have the rights to take pictures. Schools are reluctant to tell parents they can't photograph their own kids.
Well, you said photographer. Just owning a camera doesn't make one a photographer any more than owning a car makes one a mechanic.
And I don't just "think" I deserve to be paid, and putting it in those words is incredibly insulting. I show up to my shows with a Nikon D700, Nikon D3s, an 80-200 2.8 lens, a 70-200 2.8, a 1x4 TC, a 35-70 2.8, a Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripod, monopod, hoodman loupe, golf cart, and countless other items of gear, not to mention a lot of very hard earned experience. For each of my shows I have to take two weeks non-paid time off from my "regular" job and work anywhere from 12 to 18 hour days every single day for those two weeks. There are no breaks, no down time, I am on my feet all day rain or shine, sweltering heat or bitter cold. I have a business license, pay taxes, carry insurance, and have a signed contract with the show management granting me exclusive marketing rights to all images from the show. I work my ass off making the best, most professional quality images for them that I can. So yes, it is outrageously insulting when some self entitled belligerent "photographer" treats REAL photographers with such callous abandon like photography ISN'T a real profession and not deserving of the respect given any other profession.
I have no problem with people taking photos at the events I cover. I actually am so sweet to people it would make your teeth hurt. Quite often you will find spectators with cameras coming to ME for advice on settings and techniques to improve their images and I help every single one of them that are NICE and RESPECTFUL. Most of the people I meet at my shows are lovely people and I really enjoy them. I can quite happily geek out on photography all day long to any unfortunate soul who has the misfortune to show interest. But if I run across anyone who is as rudely disrespectful as you without a care in the world as to poaching business from me and actually thinks they are entitled to it then I will have the management remove you so fast you won't know what hit you.