Do you ever look at your work and wonder, what in the world?? That’s for realsies not what I had in my head! I know I do on occasion. A lot of people, including myself, wonder how you find your style of photography. When you first start out, you look at others work, think about how much you’d love to shoot like that and then go out and try to capture the same type of effect and just fail miserably. The problem isn’t that you’re a terrible photographer because you can’t capture imagery the same way as someone else; the “problem” is your brain and your eyes. The way you see something is different than the way I see something. It took me a long time and a lot of frustration to figure that out.
You can learn all of the same shooting techniques as someone else and get completely different results. The differences are uniquely yours. I’m just learning to embrace that instead of comparing and getting down on myself. I think style is innately who the person is no matter how much they try to do something different. I see the same patterns in our images: natural, cheerful and a lot of love. No matter how much we’d try to change that, it’s just what comes out in our sessions from being who we are with our clients.
The point is to really think about what you really like, not what others like and keep shooting. Over time, you will notice a trend happening and hopefully you like that trend to keep growing on it and critique it. We work on this daily.
There’s this short video with Ira Glass who explains a beginners issues in art better than anyone else I’ve ever heard. Seriously worth a listen. I’ve listened to it about 38 times. 😉