I think he is heading towards greatness in photography. I am artistic by temperament and I can see the difference between good and sublime. This guy can discern through his lense what is beautiful, and then he strives painstakingly to reveal it to the world. As I told him; someday I will be proud to have known him in his formative years.
Let him do his work, let him edit the pictures and you are in for a pleasant surprise. I have hired many, I cannot count how many, photographers in my life, but I have never had a WOW moment looking at their presentation. Get ready for your WOWs because you will be saying it over and over again when you see his final presentation.
Also, he is not expensive, not yet. Get him before he gets famous and expensive.