As a “new” photographer, I feel like I am constantly on the search to find my unique style. As a photographer, I know the type of photos I want to take. I know that I want to capture my clients, my children, my family in those honest and true moments. Those moments when everyone lets their guard down and shows their true spirit. I want those unposed, unscripted moments, memories, to be written down as history. Their history. And mine. BUT, as a client, I want those posed photos on my walls. I want the, “hey, everyone look at the camera and smile!” pictures. I KNOW I can incorporate both types into a session. That’s what I know.
What I don’t know, where I struggle, where I search, is the end game. Do I like my photos dark and mood? Light and airy? True to the moment, slightly enhanced, or Photo Shopped? Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes and NO. So, here’s the question, is that ok? Is it ok that each session is not quite cohesive. That my editing style shifts, albeit slightly, from location to location. I know there is no right answer and that I need to, at the end of the day, be happy with the product in front of me.
The pictures below are edited mostly clean, slightly creative, and today I love them. I love that I can see the personalities of my boys shining through. You can see where I live, where my heart is. This is me, and from now on, this is what you’ll see.
What I love about this job is that there is no right answer. I find inspiration in almost every photograph I see. While I will probably never have a studio, backdrops, lighting, themed sessions, props, or a super consistent editing style. What I will have is my heart in every photo I deliver. I will honestly love each frame that my clients see. And in that respect, unfortunately, some of my posts will be disappearing. Simply because of the fact that I don’t want to misrepresent myself and my style. So, is my search over? Maybe. For today at least.