Own your style.
So last night I attended an event, The photos in this post are from that night. During the event, I got to thinking about style, what is it and what is my style?
I am going to talk mainly about my portrait work. I have a slightly different style for street and landscape photos.
First, let me try to define, what is style?
I feel it is the specific “look” a photographer develops over time and experience. Put it simply, it is what I like to see in photos.
How did I develop my style?
I’ve taken thousands of photos, looked at more, visited art galleries and read a lot of art and photography books. I consumed and created. Experience and creative work is probably the most important thing I have done to develop my style. Either behind the camera (most of the time), or drawing ideas. I try to create something daily.
I don’t have a simple recipe, do these steps and you will have your style. Each individual will develop their style over time.
I didn’t even realize I had a specific style until it was pointed out to m by a fellow photographer.
So. what is my style?
As shown in the photo above, I prefer black and white (I’m working on doing more color), simplistic photos that show the individual and their personality. I also tend to cut off the tops of heads, not looking into the lens, and I love symmetry but also like intentionally asymmetrical images when the opportunity presents itself. I always have a little bit of vignetting in my images and I prefer lots of contrast.
That’s it that is my style. Look at my work, hopefully, you can see the same patterns. Do you have your own style yet? If you do, make sure you embrace it. It what sets your photography apart from others. In other words. Own your style!
Here is a bunch of photos cause I can. Some were taken with a borrowed Fuji GFX-50S others with my Fuji XE1