showing up is 90% of the job

I get this comment a lot:

"You're doing a great job."

I'm not bragging, because I get told this during the shoot.  The client (or a guest) hasn't even seen the photos, yet they're saying I'm doing a great job.

That must mean photographers are not judged on the quality of their images but their personalities.  I'm sure the client looked at some sample images prior to hiring me, but to say I'm going a great job during the shoot must mean something.  I just don't know what.

I consider a good photographer as one who takes good photographs.  The general public seems to think a good photographer is one who APPEARS to take good photos.  

As a photographer, 90% of the job is just showing up.  The hardest part of the job is getting the job.