Dramatic wedding portrait at The Garfield Conservatory in Chicago.

What is your photography style? Why I hate this question for a few reasons:


As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a Chicago wedding photographer. And when people ask me what my photography style is, well, it’s complicated. I don’t have a specific genre that I stick to. It really depends on the project and what the client wants.

Why I Hate the Question.

Have you ever been asked, What’s your photography style? and just felt stumped? Like, how do you even begin to describe your work in a few words? It’s not that easy, right?

First of all, every photographer has their own way of shooting. Just because two photographers claim to have the same style doesn’t mean they produce similar images.

Secondly, trying to define your photography style can be limiting. You might feel like you need to stick to certain rules or guidelines in order to stay true to your brand. But creativity isn’t about following rules – it’s about breaking them!

How I Define My Photography Style

So how do I define my photography style? Well, it’s all about being adaptable. When a client comes to me with a project, I take the time to really get to know them and what they want out of their photos.

For example, if someone wants a family portrait session in a park, my approach might be different than if someone wanted me to shoot their corporate headshots in an office setting.

I also like to mix things up when it comes to editing. Sometimes I’ll go for a more natural look with just some basic color correction and cropping. Other times, I’ll get more experimental with filters and special effects.

But no matter what the project is, there are a few things that remain consistent in my work:

1) Authenticity: I always strive to capture real moments and emotions in my photos. Whether it’s a couple laughing together or a child blowing bubbles at the beach, those genuine moments are what make each shoot unique.

2) Attention to detail: I pay close attention to the little things – from the framing of the shot to the lighting and composition. These small details can make a big impact on the final image.

3) Flexibility: As I mentioned before, being adaptable is key. If something isn’t working during a shoot, I’m not afraid to try something new or switch things up on the fly.

The Bottom Line

In the end, I don’t think it’s necessary to put a label on your photography style. Yes, it can be helpful to have some consistency in your work and I’m a huge believer in creating a solid and consistent brand that your clients can expect when they hire you but I want to start, by showing both the bright and vibrant and darker and more dramatic photographs that I take.

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