Defining a Style

Elise Richards | 21 February 2024

A photography style is the result of every decision a photographer makes. It’s what makes our work distinctive and definable. Whether we realise it or not, we’re influenced by something or somebody when creating new work. We develop a uniqueness when we add our own input to those influences.  

 

We gravitate towards photographing what interests us the most with similar traits and themes emerging. When scrolling through Instagram, I often come across other photographer’s work that inspires me; creating a mental mood board that influences my own shoots. Developing a style stems from recreating the aspects of other photographer’s work, which can improve your own techniques and direction. 

 

When I look back on my career, I’m able to see how much my practice progressed and how quickly I discovered what I enjoyed photographing the most. My photography style now is so much more realised than when I started. Looking back at my final University project and graduate portfolio, there was a clear direction I was developing with my work (high-key lighting and a cinematic approach).  

 

The more decisions you make about your creative direction, the more identifiable your style will be. Photographing what you find meaningful and relatable to your subject are both key when establishing a style. It’s important to discover what you enjoy photographing because this will drive your photographic characteristics.  

 

As with any form of art, Photography is subjective. When progressing your own style, it’s important to remember there is no right or wrong and what works for one person, might not work for the next. There are many aspects that can impact individual style, and discovering these interests is paramount when developing a portfolio of work. 

 

 

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