The old adage "you get what you pay for" is exactly that. On the flip side, there are some pretty amazing photographers out there who don't realise their worth and talent.
So when booking your next session, think hard about the images you are getting. They are your personal memories for life.
When someone with a "big expensive" camera takes a picture. You will think it is amazing, because you yourself may not be able to create one like that. However that does not mean it is of a good professional standard. It means the person taking the photograph has some understanding of the camera they are using.
I am continually learning, honing my craft and moving forward to the next stage of knowledge. In fact that is something I will continually do throughout my career. I am passionate about photography. Absolutely love it. But I am trying to make a living to pay bills, without squeezing every penny from the client.