“Well, it always starts with the person. Do I believe in the person, do I want to spend a day with him or her, or several? I don’t really care whether it’s a fashion model or not. I really like people. I’m just really curious about their stories, their lives. That’s what I want to show.”—Bruce Weber
It is all up to you, but as another photographer, not a fashion photographer myself.. I think if you are shooting models repped by agencies and your work looks like this, and you got the gear, you're a photographer man.. I am still trying to get to the point of being able to shoot models repped by agencies. But then again i don't only shoot people.. so maybe that is a reason why.
I appreciate that, Conner. If I were to self-analize (and I do, constantly), there are certain milestones I’ve reached that I’m proud of, and perhaps speak to the fact I’m headed in the right, general direction. But the further I delve into this crazy trade & industry, the more open my eyes are to the fact there is just a deep wealth of skill, knowledge, and experience I still lack, and likely will take years to tackle. I’m not discouraged at all, but things will just take time.
Speaking strictly within the Los Angeles market, alone, there is a stratospheric difference between, say someone at my level, and then the next step up…
So, this quality and production level would be the next step for me, and man, do I have a lot more to learn. A lot. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sure, I can say I take photos and support myself financially from it… but I can’t honestly call myself a professional photographer (yet), next to the likes of the aforementioned.
One thing all the above photographers have in common: none of them achieved success overnight, nor alone, nor without putting in a ton of work and sacrifice over years, if not decades. So, now I’m doing the same :-)