"What's a photography style? How do I know what I want?"
That question may be something you've thought in the past.
When people talk about different photography styles they're talking about the way they see and photograph things. Here are some of the top examples:
photo journalism- popular in weddings and lifestyle(capturing every day life). This photographer is less about poses and more about fading into the background and capturing moments and emotions that happen throughout the day. These type of photos will look natural and relaxed. You won't be given much posing or guidance because the ultimate effect is to tell a story through candid moments.
fine art- this style has more interesting angles, composition, and negative space(vast scenery around your subject). This type of photography tends to be more creative and artsy.
fashion- in fashion photography you're going to find more of an emphasis on the clothes(of course), but there will be more interesting poses and dramatic lighting. This will look modern and will resemble something you'd see in a magazine. Though this set up takes longer to get ready, the end result will be a series of images showcasing your very best.
traditional- talked about in relation to weddings and the opposite of photo journalism. This style is all about direction, guidance, and posing. These photos will be less "taken from the background" and more looking at the camera and smiling. The end result would be a beautiful classic portrait you would hang on your wall.
Now how does that help you decide what you want?
When looking for a photographer it's important to find someone that has the same style you want. This is good for both the client and photographer because it will ensure a happy outcome! You wouldn't go to Bergdorfs(can you tell I've been watching Gossip Girl??) to get the style of Pacsun, and vice versa. Now that you understand the differences in styles, what are you most drawn to? Note that most photographers also have a blend of all of these styles combined. Personally, I'm a blend of all of them. I like to direct and pose you into ways that make you look good then capture natural interaction like a laugh or genuine smile. For senior girls I like to get a little more dramatic and creative, while making sure I get the traditional shots too.
So what's your style?