One thing I hate is when people have egos that aren't warrented. Yes, some work really hard to get where they're at and deserve a little petting every now and then, but those of you who have done nothing to perfect your trade yet pawn yourself off as a professional only stand to make yourself look more like an ass. Case in point; a friend of mine joined the world of Photography. There are a LOT of people who are photographers; from novice to world class Professionals. You don't get to that status in one night, but my simple friend here seems to think that just because she has a simi-expensive camera (not even) that she can point, shoot and develope fabulous pictures. Worst part is not just her pictures being crap, but her "friends" lie to her and tell her how wonderful and beautiful her pictures are. Now she has her own website, lies about websites contacting her to be featured for FREE (this does not happen, you have to PAY to be featured) and then puts up facebook status' attacking other Photographers who try to give her constructive critisism. Well, if you can't take the heat then get out of the shower because with the way things are looking for her, it's not going to go well. I will admit, she had talent. Just not where it needs to be. She needs to STOP promoting, demote herself (and her ego) and put her head in a book. READ. EDUCATE herself on the art of Photography. From what I understand, there is so much more to it than just taking the picture. It's composition. Lighting. Its knowing what makes a good picture good and what makes a picture GREAT.
As said before, her ego amazes me. I can't even stand to have conversations with her anymore as she tried to give ME hints on how to do MY job (which has NOTHING to do with her, she just is a big, fat know-it-all now). Do your friends a favor. Don't lie to them when they ask you for an opinion. You're not doing them any favors. You're actually doing them an injustice. Because now, this girl will never have a shot in the world of photography because she's already dug herself into the ground and no REAL BRIDE looking for a serious photographer would book her based on her portfolio alone.