To excel in the Providence Photography sector, it pretty much takes exactly what it does to excel in photography anywhere else. You have to be dedicated enough to ensure that you make yourself qualified within the profession. Those qualifications will, naturally, look great on a business card but more importantly they will improve your knowledge of photography and your skills at it. In my case, in order to ensure my knowledge of the field was as rounded as possible, I started off with an Associate of Science in Photography degree then went on to a Bachelor of Arts in History to widen the scope of my knowledge. Finally (for now, anyways), I have a Master of Science in Multimedia degree. My dedication to photography as my chosen profession meant I was willing to sacrifice the time, energy and other resources it required to ensure I am fully qualified when I offer my services to clients. Excelling in Providence Photography, or photography anywhere else, also takes diligence. The diligence to set up, prepare for and go through pre-shoot consultations with each client. The diligence to do all the research and background work necessary for an upcoming shoot. The diligence to arrive at a venue well ahead of time to check and set up my equipment and get those all-important pre-event shots in. (It’s what I did for the event in the photo above which shows horses during early morning practice at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai as they prepare for the Dubai World Cup.) The diligence to have outlined, in my mind, at least, how I will go about getting all the shots the client requires while the event is in full swing. The diligence to ensure that editing and delivery of the images are done as promptly as possible. Yes, dedication and diligence (aka professionalism) count for a lot in this industry as I am sure they do in all others.