Finding Your Photography Style

Finding your style as a photographer can be confusing and daunting, especially if you are just starting out. There are so many different directions you can take your images: from dark and moody to light and airy to vibrant and colorful, and everything in between.

When I was just starting out, I already knew a big part of my style would be LIGHT. I’ve always been obsessed with that gorgeous, golden backlighting, and I sought it in every single one of my images. But when it came to editing, I was pretty much all over the place. One of my very first sessions I edited with super vibrant yellow/greens and saturated colors because that just ended up being how I thought those images looked best. Then I started discovering other photographers that I fell in LOVE with their styles, and I still admire their work so much today. My favorites were Jessica Heller Photography, Brittney Borowski, India Earl, and Ben Sasso. The funny thing is, and I’m sure you notice this if you follow any of their work, their styles are COMPLETELY different. I know lots of photographers have the same problem: they love work done in all different styles. So how in the world did I find MY style, if the photographers I admired most had such different styles?

I found mine by just shooting and editing and practicing, and that’s exactly how most photographers do, and how YOU will end up finding yours! After doing shoot after shoot, I started naturally editing my images consistently in a certain way. I found that no matter what the session was, I felt that each image looked best with a rich, film inspired tone that was not over exposed or underexposed. So instead of dark and moody or light and airy, I landed somewhere in the middle! Even though I loved specific photographers’ work, I never liked editing my images in their styles. I felt like my images looked best completely different, and I learned to be okay with that instead of trying to copy someone else’s style.

There aren’t any specific steps you can take, or a quiz, or a magical answer to finding what your style is. The only way to do it is to simply practice! Do as many shoots as you can and edit each shoot to the best of your ability. Don’t stress about trying to commit to muted greens or over exposed highlights, you’ll find your own style naturally by just doing the shoots and edits that YOU love.  

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Becca Mathews: Maryland Senior, Equine, and Couples Photographer

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