Discovering My "Style"

May 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I have a ways to go in developing my personal style, but so far I can safely say I OFTEN unknowingly shoot with a diagonal (almost alwayz coming from the top left corner to the bottom right corner, and a lot of times from a horizontal image.) The only reason I'm thinking about this today is because I was talking with my good friend (who is really more like a sister to me than anything else) and we were discussing her style. She is an AMAZING photographer. And she too shoots with a line; instead of a diagonal, she has a straight line horizontally (usually through vertical images perfectly dividing the image.) Another style I have are extreme close ups. I can't seem to get enough of them! (obviously this is more flattering on babies than adults. i surely wouldn't want an extreme close up of my face!) :) Me and Lea (my sister from another mother) share this style attribute. We both do them, slightly different of course. She has this other characteristic where she vertically divides her face (when shooting portraits) with only one side showing. It's so hard to analyze your OWN style versus someone else's. Not entirely sure why. I know I prefer high contrast and usually warmer skin tones. I am fascinated with shadows and am barely starting to play with that. I adore vignettes and want them to look natural and from the lens (which I have much to experiment with.) I love the vintage look and the wide range of tones and looks that go with that. I LOVE square format. I love black borders, thin to medium thickness. I am a studio shooter, I want to control my lighting. I am starting to really understand direction and proper usage of movement and light working together. How important light is, it's the difference between good/bad, purpose/accident, art/snapshot.... Also, i prefer simple colored bkgs to patterned or busy ones. You should have seen my face the day I discovered colored gels on black backgrounds! LoL THAT was one of the best days of my life, hands down. LoL (vignetting +  any color bkg. yes i squealed like a little girl!) It's interesting to think, I've spent most of my time mastering composition and framing, and now comes the lighting aspect. :) I'm so excited to be on this journey of self-expression and discovery. Photography, you give me a way to voice myself through creation; for this I am eternally grateful.


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