I hear it a lot: people believing that "real photography" only comes from "real cameras." And while I understand, perhaps, what they mean to say, I, kindly, disagree. Real photography doesn't come from real photographers any more than it comes from real cameras. It comes from real people. And in addition to that, it only comes if you use whatever is at your disposal! So whether its a smartphone camera, or an old film body, use it! And share your eye, your heart, with your people.
Even one of the world's most famous photographers, Ansel Adams, said, "A good photography is knowing where to stand." I love what he didn't say (which just so happens to illustrate my point): it's about a good camera, how much you spent, where you learned, or how often you do it. It's simply about being present, with whatever camera you have, and taking the photo you see before you.
Happy shooting, you fabulous people, you.