Multiple Personalities

As photographers grow in their craft, they tend to develop their signature style of editing. Whether that style be vintage, vibrant, punchy, or whatever, we begin to build a consistency with our photographs. But me? I CAN’T DECIDE WHAT I LIKE BEST! Well, that’s not entirely true. I have two specific styles of editing that I adore. But my heart is equally drawn to both. I absolutely, positively love clean, vibrant, colorful images, and I think that has come across in my branding and my images. My clients want crisp, true-to-life, timeless looking images. And I want that, too. But then I look at photographers like Brian Kraft and Patrick La Roque, and I am captivated by their faded shadows, softer tones, and general film look. And that’s where my internal battle begins. I know I’ll never be able to leave one behind and settle with just the other. But I want need to be consistent. For my clients’ sake. Who wants to hire a photographer thinking they’re going to get vintage, film-like images and then get crisp, vibrant images, or vice-versa?

I don’t even know why I’m really writing this. I’ve decided that I will save the film look for my own personal work. But MAN. Am I the only one with this crazy indecisiveness? Please tell me there are others out there dealing with these same emotions!

Well, Happy Monday, anyway! ;)

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  • Mat - MirrorLessons - Hi Rachel. I think is totally normal to be inspired by other people’s photographs and want to try something similar. It happens to me all the time, and I think it helps experimenting with new ways of shooting.

    I think you can do both. Post processing is important but not essential, as long as your photos tells the story behind the person. I can share a personal example: a couple of months ago I did a shoot for an actress friend of mine, who needed new photos for her casting agency, because they were looking for a role to be played in the 20s. That’s where I found the occasion to experiment with editing and give to the pictures some of that retro style. It served a purpose and the agency was actually surprised because they didn’t expect something like this, but in the same time it hit the mark (not my words, theirs :)

    I also think that right now the vintage/old film look is very popular and somehow we are attracted to working with digital but miss the film look. Some photographers use it in a very interesting way, others maybe just follow the trend (I’m not referring to anyone in particular, it’s just a general consideration).

    Follow your instinct, it’s one of the great things about photography :)ReplyCancel

  • Tomas Haran - Yet another great topic. I do see that some photographers have a very trendy look to their images and many look amazing. But, I also see that trends come and go. Your way of editing is very clean and colorful which is awesome. Time-less photos are what I aim to provide where they look like a real photo, real place, real colors with a little “bit of magic”. To me photos have always been about capturing a decisive moment and place. If either of these two things isn’t clear over time they can be lost in being trendy. Your work is beautiful and its clear that you edit in different ways but offer the same level of quality. Instead of the editing to make it look better approach. Great topic!ReplyCancel

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