I’ve overheard dense conversations here and there on this assumption that nowadays you don’t really have to be a “good” photographer to make money but that having a sizable Following is enough for a brand to potentially commission you for a gig. Of course this is idiotic thinking. Although, I must admit I’ve seen my fair share of unappealing imagery circulating Instagram in which the work produced hasn’t really aligned with the high-caliber of work that’s representative of the brand.
Some of these people shoot for a living while others are pursuing it as a passionate hobby and it’s the latter group who I believe should not be boggled down by feeling they can’t produce anything substantial simply because they can’t necessarily claim it’s their full-time job. Talent and attitude are everything. Just like you don’t need a title to be a leader, you don’t need a business card that presents you as a professional photographer to be seen as one because in the end your work should be reflective of your skills.