When I was first starting out in photography, I spent a lot of time watching what other photographers were doing. I thought it would help me figure out what being a “professional” looked like – thought it would help me define my style. While in many ways it was inspirational to me, in other ways it became a stumbling block. I was exposed to so much great work, that I felt I should be doing it all. I was doing a lot of copying – trying to be what I admired in others. What I wasn’t doing was figuring out who I was as an artist and what kind of imagery I loved. Thankfully, I’m doing better at that now.
Here’s what I’ve discovered that I love: images that tell a story – photographs that evoke emotion. That’s it.
For awhile with newborns I tried some of the popular trends with brighter colors, big hair bows and posing in baskets. On occasion I will still get inspired to do something like that, but it’s not my true style. (However, if you LOVE that style I have several photographer friends in the area who do it beautifully and would be happy to send you their way). Here’s a recent newborn session that was just precious. It seems I always tend toward black and white images and soft light for these. Evokes the sweetness of the time. For information on “Year One”, our session plan for your baby’s first year, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417.438.5501.
To see the artistic work of myself and twelve of this area’s other premier photographers, join us during the month of April at our exhibit “The Artistry of Professional Photographers” at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin! More details to come.