If you can get to where no one in your area can take photos as well as you can, you can rise above the cheap photography providers. That’s worth doing even if it is just for your own family memories.
I think there are some really great photographers around here. I feel as though the quality of my stuff is better than the cheapest, equal with the inexpensive, and not on par with the pricy. I think that becoming the best in my area may be a lofty goal, indeed.