Great photographers require more than expertise in the art of photography: They require extensive wisdom and knowledge about their subjects. It’s not enough to simply know how to use a camera or how to light the subject. You would need to also show great respect and caring for that which you photograph. The love and caring will show in your photos.
It’s a statement that seems so simple, but yet so complex at the same time. In the same breath, the person who makes such a claim is stating not only what they do, but who they are. Like many hobbies (or careers, as the case may be), Photography is a lifestyle choice.