These days there are a LOT of people out there claiming to be professional photographers, but are they really? They might take photos for money, but does that mean they meet all the standards required to qualify as truly professional?
Accreditation is the key, and in Queensland, only those photographers who are recognised by the Australia Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) or the Professional Photographers Association of Queensland (PPAQ) can claim that status.
Being a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), means your portfolio of work has been assessed by practising Masters of Photography, you run a legitimate, compliant business and you carry the requisite insurance policies. You are required to use legally binding contracts that protect your clients and yourself.
If the photographer you are considering can't provide the credentials of Certified Professional Photographer then it may be prudent to ask why!
Me, well, I've been accredited CPP by both AIPP and PPAQ so could charge double the price of any unqualified photographer :-o
But I don't! I guess that's because I love what I do so much!!