This. This is how I've realized I need to drop the "amateur" whenever I mentally call myself a photographer.
Am I great? Naw. There's always room for improvement. Am I professional, who is paid for her services? Naw. Not sure that's an ambition of mine either.
But. My fascination with light and capturing it. My fascination with elevating the ordinary and the every day into extraordinary.
Well, those two things alone mean mentally and vocally, I need to be confident enough to say "Yes, I am a photographer," without any disqualifiers accompanying that phrase.
I am more than an amateur. And when I have the courage to believe it and to say it, well, there's no stopping me now.