True photographer is not just a
"camera operator".

Simply being in possession of a camera makes one a photographer as much as holding a rock makes one an architect.
"Being" a photographer is not a mechanical, but a metaphysical concept.
A photographer is someone who can see beauty, feel it and appreciate it. The camera just happens to be a medium for making a physical imprint of that beauty.
-Nickolai A Orlov

Orlov Studio is based in Chicago, but no destination is too far.