I think most people assume photography is just point and shoot. I constantly hear "wow that's a great picture, what camera do you have?" and while the camera is an important tool it's just the canvas... or the paintbrush..? It's a tool, it's not the artist. you can make great images no matter what "box" you're using.
Beyond that, so much of what we do is done after the fact. There are photographers who shoot pictures and hand over the memory card afterward, completely unedited. That's called "shoot and burn" photography and it's perfectly acceptable if that's what you're looking for, but that's not what I do and here's why...
There is so much that can be accomplished with post processing. Just a few minor adjustments can change the entire mood of a photo.
This is SOOC (straight out of camera) ISO 800 F3.5 1/30
Quick Clean edit/ Soft edit
Light and Airy Edit
Dark and Moody
Soft Pink Light
Black and White Edit
Many photographers develop a signature style or visual voice through their edits and it becomes their calling card. I haven't been able to choose. Which style is your favorite.