Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thoughts on being unconventional.

I recently posted some of my pictures on a photography forum to somewhat show them off and get some feedback. Overall, I got some good feedback but one comment stood out to me. Someone said that my post processing was all over the place and it didn't seem that I had a particular "look". At first I thought it was true and I spent a couple of hours trying to create a look. It wasn't working. And I know it's not just going to magically appear, it will take some time and I'm just getting started but today I had a revelation. I was inspired by looking through Jesh deRox's beloved collection (look it up, you'll love it)...and what I loved about Jesh's work was that it was full of textures, painted with colors, completely unconventional. The important part is that he caught a beautiful moment with his camera. I loved his stuff because it was him. And with my photography, I want to be me. I'm not about clean cut and I'm not a perfectionist, but I am an artist and I am creative and I'm all about capturing emotion and raw existence. As I'm building my business I'm letting clients know that I most likely won't pose them or try to achieve a particular look, I just want them to feel natural and relax. My editing might be all over the place but it's my art..if a client wants clean cut, crisp editing, of course I'll give that to them. But I hope that over time people can appreciate my style as being something unique, and an experience that they want to be a part of.

1 comment:

  1. I think sometimes people are too focused on getting their own "look". I just went to New York in March and visited some really amazing top photographers. One of them mentioned that he felt like it had taken over 15 years to really find his voice/look. So I think it's fine to keep experimenting - just take photos that speak to you and the voice will start developing. :-)