You don’t need permission from anyone to call yourself a photographer. If your passion is to make images, assert yourself as a photographer!
What makes a photographer?
A photographer is an individual who delights in making photographs — images plucked from reality.
It doesn’t matter how you earn your money or pay your rent. Your action of making (new) photos is what defines you.
Be proud of yourself!
Be proud of yourself, your photos and assert who you are. Photography isn’t a competition — it is your mode of being, living, and creating.