When I read blogs and articles from photographers all over the world, one thing I've noticed the most is one specific thing. Each and every photographer, one who calls himself a professional has a specific genre of photography they are into. Whether it be weddings, seniors, babies, families, dogs, food photography, everyone seem to have one specific genre they do and do well.
This got me thinking about what genre I will belong to, or already belong to.
Between 2014 and 2015, my biggest market has been engagements and weddings, with One Year/ Smash Cake sessions as the next most often shoot. However, it hasn't always been that way and I don't remember marketing myself any differently over the years for this switch to come about.
A few years ago, a large percent of my client base was seniors and I enjoyed every single bit of it. The planning, getting to know the seniors, the props, the capturing of who these young adults are.
I did weddings here and there during those years, but seniors were the primary focus.
So it got me thinking about what my niche in photography is or would grow to be in the next few years. I'm still in my 20's and learning everyday about myself, my style of art, as well as discovering what type of photography I am drawn to the most.
I have a short list of session types that I'm not so keen on and because I'm not great at these types of shoots, I tend to let my clients know that. If I'm not into them, that will show in my work and that means I'm not the photographer for them. But for the most part, I am open to trying new session types. Which brings me to what I want to share in this post with you.
Recently I have been working with a home developer in the Atlanta area. I've been lucky enough to photograph some incredibly beautiful homes in the area, and I've only just begun! When I was first asked to take the job on, I felt a range of emotions, had different thoughts and spent many hours doing research and studying up on what I had just bit off. You may be sitting there thinking, "emotions? About shooting houses?" Yes. Photography is a form of art and art is closely connected to, if not completely intertwined, to emotions. I felt mostly excited. I wanted to jump right in and get to work. I felt nervous because, well it was a new venture for me.
I had never done anything remotely close to it before. But it couldn't be that hard, right!?
I will lay to rest any questions you may have in your mind at this moment.
Yes, it was hard. Yes, it is still hard. And of course, I still have a ton to learn about this field of photography.
what i'm learning.
The lighting. Yowzer! It's intense. It's difficult and fun at the same time. It has awakened a new part of my photography spirit that I didn't know existed. I am learning not just about real estate photography, but how technical parts of this art can work together to create an image I only dream of in my mind.
I'm not there yet to dreamy photography land, but I am on my way.
Documenter of love
Wedding photographer. Writer. Empath. Ice cream connoisseur. Feels naked without nail polish.