I get a lot of people asking me what my style is. Yes, there are tons of photography styles, you have traditional, photojournalistic, candid, and artistic just to name a few. When I get that question I have the same response each and every time: A blank stare and the phrase, “mine”. Some people think I am being a smart ass, but I am not. I truly don’t care of about the different styles, I shoot what I feel is needed given the situation.
That response doesn’t end the conversation and I usually have to give specific answers. So, if I had to pick a style, it would be one that I call Natural Element. I like to take pictures of things as they are. For example, how many times have you seen a picture of someone smiling and you think to yourself, “Wow, that is a funny smile” or “Wow, I/They aren’t very photogenic.” That is due to anticipation. If you don’t anticipate something, you are going to act as natural as possible. Your smile will be the smile that you give to your son, wife, <insert person relationship here> because your face naturally has that position. Anticipation makes you think about the smile and you consciously manipulate the facial muscles with a fear of making sure that you are as photogenic as possible. I find that backfires more often than not, which is why I like the natural element.
Sure, you could agrue it is a candid style of photography, but I disagree. I believe that candid means that the photographer goes out of their way to make their images funny. Like most comedians, funny can be at the expense of a subject. If I am capturing memories, why would I want to make sure I have a picture of your aunt doing something she doesn’t normally do.
Generally, I end up with a mixture of near every type of style of photography. If someone wants me to shoot in a particular style, I will try my best to shoot that way and stick with it, but again, there will be a mix of styles included in my shots. Sure, there will be concerns from those that are adamant about a style, but this gives a small bit of variety to the event. I can’t deny that the event very well could be for one person, but more often than not, there is other people involved. This attitude allows my to meet the requirements of the subject, while finding images that everyone will love and cherish for years to come.