Everybody knows them — that relative or family friend who’s really into photography, but has no intentions of ever quitting their “day job.” It’s a passion or hobby they reserve for evenings or weekends; they show you their photos on a regular basis, and their work is pretty good. They shoot mainly urban and nature scenes, and perhaps have had some of their work published. They may even own the latest and greatest in camera equipment and the best lenses and accessories.
If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t), when it comes time to find a portrait or wedding photographer, you may naturally consider enlisting your friend or relative. They’ve offered their services to your family many times, always at a reduced rate… but before you choose an amateur over someone offering professional photography, take heed: when it comes to your most pivotal and precious moments and memories, saving a bit of cash in lieu of professional photography just isn’t worth it. A common question also happens to be; is it possible to become a photographer without a degree?