I feel the need to do a little clarifying after what I wrote earlier. Do I know everything about photography? Certainly not. Do I have lots to learn? Absolutely. Are there areas I can improve? Always.
Am I trying to discourage budding photographers? Not at all!! We all do need to start somewhere and I am sure you would die laughing if you saw even some of my college projects. If you have a creative desire and enjoy photography - by all means enjoy it! I was speaking more in terms of people who like to call themselves professional and then fail to provide a product. For example, I have a friend who just celebrated her third wedding anniversary without ever receiving the photos or albums she paid for on her wedding day. That's a crime right?! I have another friend who a similar thing happened where the "fauxtographer" just sent them the disc of untouched images and never did the album that they paid for. I don't think that this is acceptable from someone calling themselves a professional!
An actual favorite story of mine is the guy who licked my friends wedding cake...I will tell this story in full detail someday but I made a huge mental note never to be a "professional" like him.
To all you readers out there who love to take pictures...keep shooting! There's room for everyone!
Have a good night...