Thursday, September 3, 2009

Figuring it all out, finding my "voice"

So probably a topic of considerable angst, especially among creative beginner portrait photographers. I hope to eventually specialize in family, childhood and maternity portrait photography. There are many brilliant photographers out there, and just as many unique styles. And for every "unique and truly fabulous" style, there are about 50 average duplications of it.
Props or no props?
Moody or lighthearted and fun?
Dress up outfits and fabulous staging or come-as-you-are?
Textures or no?
Close ups or far away stories?
Perfect exposure and commercial quality, or flawed and sun-flare filled?
I enjoy it all when it is done well, consistently, and comes from a pure place.

What I'm doing for now?
Trying to relax and do what comes naturally and have fun in the process.
Taking millions and millions of photos, and sifting them out like bits of pretty shells in a pile of sand. The ones that appeal to me will tell me the story of the direction I'm going in, I think.


  1. You and I both! So far you are doing fabulous! Just go with it and see what you like. There is no right or wrong. It's a creative process. You will find your style. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  2. i can relate, as I often get overwhelmed by the amount of talent out there and wonder if there is room for me. (the answer is "yes", but it doesn't always feel that way!)
    as for the style: again this is going thru my head as well. I do know this: I want my photos to look classic and timeless, yet I like the journalistic look that is so popular now.

    I think i'll write a post touching on this subject, not very original am i! LOL... stay tuned.

  3. I totally feel the same way! :-) I love your work though!