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    When is it ok to call myself a photographer?

    it's time to update my business card. this bringds up the above question.when can you cakll your self a photographer? just because you want o be oneor because you get a part-time income from it?does it have o be your full-time job?or is owning a good camera a a decent portfolio enough?what's your take on this?would you feel comfortable to put this title on your business card? or doyou think it's pompous?
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    Any time you like.



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    It's not pompous, you introduce yourself how you want to be recognized. Then you let your actions and work speak for you.
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    Speaking only for myself: I have been taking pictures steadily for over 25 years and even had a small stint taking wedding photos as a side gig, but I have never been comfortable labeling myself a "photographer." Feels weird to me. Other people might apply that label, but I don't apply it to myself. Can't really say why.

    I say call yourself whatever you feel comfortable with.

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    It depends on what sort of impression you want your card to give. I'd guess most people would assume a business card meant some sort of professional-type activity that involved money changing hands; it's relatively unusual to have cards printed up for a hobby. But not unheard of. I'd say as long as the card doesn't deliberately misrepresent what you do, then why not.

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    In your case Ralph, you should be thinking about what adjectives and superlatives you will be prepending to your title of Photographer. E.g. "Fine Art photographer" or "Film Photographer" etc

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    I used to wonder about this too. From my perspective, I stopped worrying about it when I stopped trying to make my work known in the interest of selling it. Once I stopped that, I stopped wondering what to call myself.
    Before that I did not write a title either. Just my name, business name, contact info, and what types of photos I liked to make.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    If I made a living at photography, or was able to supplement my income with photography, then I could put it on a business card, otherwise I'm participating in an expensive hobby, something that I love to do, whether I'm good enough to make money at it or not.

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    I prefer to think of myself as a printer who uses photography.

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