The “work” that most people see photographers do is the easy part. Taking pictures or shooting the video is only part of the process.
The knitty, gritty hard part happens before and after. Preparing the equipment takes a lot more time than it may appear. There is making sure: all the batteries are charged, the lenses are clean and the correct ones are in the bag, memory cards are formatted, etc. before heading out to the locations. After the session, there is: uploading files from the camera to the computer, which includes organization, sorting through to pick the good scenes, processing the good scenes, checking the equipment and prepping it for the next session, etc..
All of the behind the scenes preparation and post processing is what mostly define the work. The scenes would not be possible to capture and share with others. The behind the scenes stuff is the hard part that goes mostly unnoticed.