Because even the camera on our smartphones these days are so advanced, it's easy to get lost in a sea of "fauxtographers," or people who have no business calling themselves photographers. There's much debate in the photography community over what constitutes a professional, an expert, or a "real" photographer. For me, the answer seems simple: if you take and create a photograph, you're a photographer. It's a great time to be alive, people. Everyone has the potential to be an artist and it's literally magical.
Now, that doesn't mean that everyone should be charging for their services, however. If the person you hired to take your family portraits rolls up with their new iPhone to take your photos and a reassurance that they "totally have sweet editing apps, brah," maybe don't hold your breath on memorable images