I have a B&W of my friend the Nikonian taken with my digital p&s. He's moved away. I've decided to get the shot printed and to display it. When someone asks who he is I will reply "that's so and so the photographer" ~because that's his dream.
Used to do it professionally (got paid for it) for many, many years. Now I do something else (framing) in my semi retirement, as I just couldn't face another wedding or Debutante ball! In those days I called myself a photographer, because that was all I did.
Someone asked the other day if I was still doing weddings, to which I hastily replied no. Her friend quipped, Oh I didn't tell you, Tony is no longer a photographer.
Defining photography and photographer is difficult because what we do can be motivated by so many different intentions.
Fine art photographers look at the same subject that non-photographers do, and they see more... they see an opportunity to create fine art. But of course, this does not mean that the only photography is fine art photography.
Too many different motivations and expectations! You have to define it for yourself. If your product is original then you will find your own definition.