What I find interesting is that why people are so obsessive to define other people and give deep mixed meanings to simple nouns. If someone wants to call him/herself a photographer, then by all means let them do so.
Do not judge or define anyone based on some words, unless you get to see/hear/feel the output, whether it is images, paintings, speeches, sculptures, programs, musical compositions, cuisine, boat building, bass playing, whatever.
Anyone can call self a Chef, and so be it. The proof is in the pudding.
And even after having made some "judgement" in your mind, like it or not: what they want to call themselves is entirely up to themselves, it is really not your business at all
I get it. I knew a guy who was on the periphery of my social circle. He self identified as a photographer. He had a half dozen bodies and maybe that many lenses. He wore a canon vest everywhere. The man had zero talent but he had a knack for wiggling his way into events and borrowing credibility by sucking up to local event organizers. I have to admit it bugged me that people who knew us both, but werent familiar with his work, just his omnipresent camera, held us in equal standing. I know it shouldnt bother me, but the man was a totally annoying wannabee.