It's a startup news company. Wins a bunch of prestigious awards and punches above their weight, but they don't have anywhere near the funding of the larger companies.
We have three offices, and our Ottawa office (I'm Canadian) has our main photographer who works parliament hill. I was hired as a photo/video journo for the Vancouver Head Office, and I was literally the first one they had at that office. The state of the Vancouver office's photo/video resources were ridiculous. So the fact that I had my own good gear was a blessing.
Dealing directly with the CEO of the company who doesn't really understand why them purchasing a brand new 70-200 2.8 lens is important is difficult to say the least.>>3479073
And ya, I've run into more established photogs who are so fucking pissy all the damn time. This one guy in particular is so worried about other people getting HIS shot that he'll even try and instruct other photogs. He's an absolute prick and doesn't like that I get things that he doesn't.
The Prime Minister was in town one day, and everyone was crowded in this one area with their cameras and long lenses. Due to my 35mm constraints, I said "fuck that" and went in through the bushes to an area that was just a few feet from the Prime Minister, and I easily got the best shot of the day there.
When I looked back, I noticed that same jerk try and tell security on me, literally pointing me out to them. Security didn't care and I just laughed.
Seriously though, some photogs are so defensive about this shit.
Meanwhile, I've met other photogs who were unbelievably kind to me. Going so far as to give me some of their photos to publish when I missed something and they even told me to take credit for the shot. I would never take credit for another person's shot, mind you -- but the simple gesture was remarkable.