Okay, I was going to stay quiet about this whole thing, but it's really been bugging me, so I've decided to say something.
Yesterday I noticed my blog was getting way more hits than usual, so I looked to see where they were all coming from.
Turns out, most of them were from an Ex-Mormon site. Someone started a thread on there about the fact that I had posted some pre-missionary shots on my blog. This person wanted to know when this "cheesy and ridiculous" trend started of having a pre-mission shoot.
Then several other people piped up to comment on my photographic abilities -- or lack thereof, according to them.
Here's a sampling of the things they said:
"These look like Sears or K-mart photos."
"They're in a studio and they can't get good lighting. Sorry. For some reason bad photography p***** me off."
"I couldn't resist browsing some of the other photos on the blog. Listen up people, owning a fancy camera DOES NOT MAKE YOU A PHOTOGRAPHER. It makes you a ******* with a fancy camera. So LEARN TO USE IT! before you start bilking people out of their money for your ***** family portraits. I have a fancy camera, but I know better than to think I'm a professional photographer."
I guess the thing that bothers me most about all these comments is the fact that they are all taking place behind my back. If people have something to say about my photography, I wish they'd say it to me instead of snarking away on some message board.
I know I'm not the best photographer on the planet, but I have worked hard, have invested a lot of time, energy and money, and know I have a lot of friends and family out there who appreciate the memories I have preserved for them.
Just wish there weren't so many haters out there.