...but I'm not trying to take anyone's business away... Only to take some snaps of my kids at the game. That's it.
I know this subject is being beaten to death but just had to throw in my .02 worth.
Statements such as the above show why this is such a problem. As someone who did kids sports for a number of years, I can sympathize with the parent who 'just wants to take some snaps of their kids' but at the same time, I'm not with my kids today, I'm out here trying to earn a living. And as one poster put it, I'll do whatever I can to protect my profits.
Now, if there is no contracted photographer, then no problem. However, whenever we had a school or league contract, it stated that there were to be no other photos taken. We offered numerous packages including a digital image for those who wanted to email family and friends in distant areas. We didn't shoot action so during the game, they could shoot whatever they wished. When we were doing individual and group photos, we refused to allow anyone to photograph the kids. We set up so that it was almost impossible for a parent to get a decent shot of the individual or group.
When necessary, one of the assistants would actually stand between the parent w/camera and the team. Sounds harsh doesn't it? Well, if that parent wanted a photo, they could purchase it from us. We had parents who asked us if we could move over so they could get a shot. The answer was always "no, but when we are finished you may take the child/team out of the area and take all the photos you wish." These were always parents who bought nothing but expected us to pose little johnny/mary or his/her team and then step back and let them shoot. No way!
As for the 'pro camera' question, I like the one answer. It ain't the camera it's the guy/gal behind the camera that is the pro.
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