it is easy to call one's self a photographer.  i am not one.  i am merely a creative individual who knows how to use a camera.  or better yet, a creative individual who likes to tell a story.  everyone is a photographer now.  everyone has the power to capture a moment and share it with the world.  however, it takes a certain degree of patience, curiosity, and determination to persistently capture those moments.

photographing stories in the music and art world, in my opinion, takes 10% skill, 20% luck, 20% proximity,  50% access.  it's not about your equipment.  it's about who you are with, and how close you are to them.