"With some exceptions, photography is not a highly remunerative profession. We have chosen this path in large part due to the passion we have for visual communication, visual art, and the subject matters in which we specialize.
The substantial increase in photographs available via the internet in recent years, coupled with reduced budgets of many photo buyers, means that our already meager incomes have come under additional strain.
Moreover, being a professional photographer involves significant monetary investment . . . So the bottom line is that although we certainly understand and can sympathise with budget constraints, from a practical point of view, we simply cannot afford to subsidize everyone who asks."
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The above quote is by Tony Wu and is from an article posted on Photo Professionals Blog. I have reposted it on Playing Work under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Read the entire article HERE. It's well written and I couldn't agree with it more.