NEWS: Editorial

Professionalism and Courtesy, Does it still Exist?

August 3rd, 2016 | last Update: 2 years ago

by: Nan Thompson

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, no it’s not just an Aretha Franklin song, nor is it funny line spoken by Rodney Dangerfield. Its something we all should have and give daily.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary this is the definition of respect:

A feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
A feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.
A particular way of thinking about or looking at something.

Respect is something earned, doesn’t just come, it must be given before to can be received.

What happened to professionalism and courtesy?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary this is the definition of courtesy:

Polite behavior that shows respect for other people

Something that you do because it is polite, kind, etc.

Something that you say to be polite especially when you meet someone

According to Merriam-Webster this the definition of professionalism:

The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do

a job well

We all hope to grab that “perfect shot” but at what cost? Stepping in front of other photographers to get it? Stepping in front of running video cameras and stopping to get a shot during events? Sometimes its just plain RUDE.

We all work around parents with cameras and cell phones at events, jumping out in front of you to get a photo of their child or family member. Perfectly understandable, I have been that parent/grandparent, running out to get a photo before the parade float passes. But, I didn't think we had to deal with it with other professionals. Paparazzi attitude has no place here.

As a professional, people need to lose the “egos” and be a bit more aware of your surrounds and understand that YOU are not the only one taking photos for a newspaper, magazine, or online website. Some are actually holding down a full time job, have deadlines, and bosses to contend with.

There is always good friendly competition and then there is ruthless, rude competition, but you have to have players to make it a game. Some of us refuse to play.



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