My goal as a photographer is to capture the best image possible each time I release the shutter. Each image tells its own story.
We live in a world comprised of literally millions (if not billions) of photographers. Of the millions there are thousands and thousands of very good ones and perhaps hundreds of what some would consider great photographers. It's relatively easy to get lost in the sauce and compare yourself to others or be consumed by the latest trend and the newest gadgets.
Personally, I never focus on what other people are doing because only I can provide my unique perspective & experiences. Capturing great images isn't solely about the camera or the lens but more about the person holding them.
When you hire a photographer you are hiring that person for their perspective. Whether its still images or cinema my focus is to always to capture the best picture possible inside the frame.