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Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by John Harrington

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Chapter 9

Professionalism and Ethics on the Job

Over my years of serving clients, there have been many times when my professionalism was tested. On many occasions, people have discussed political matters that I’m on the opposite side of, and there have been discussions with religious overtones, and so on.

There are countless things that can cause you to lose a client, and lack of professionalism probably ranks close to (and in some cases could exceed) poor quality of the final images. Consider an extreme: You’re either decidedly pro-life or pro-choice, and you get called to photograph a women’s health event or shoot portraits of women who are involved in women’s health efforts or initiatives. The topic of ending a pregnancy comes up, and the ...

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