The keyword for me in this title is quest. It takes time to develop and hone a unique style, but most of all it takes authenticity to make it truly personal.
I, like many photographers, in the beginning tended to take pictures and edit them like other photographers in the industry. I guess I just didn’t know better. In any case, it has been a learning process. A stepping stone of sorts until I started analyzing and refining my artistic expression.
That is not to say that I have it all figured out. On the contrary, every shoot teaches me something new about how to create beautiful images that envoke emotions. What I know without a shadow of a doubt is that I love capturing those moments when people are completely inhibited and are being their true selves. And in terms of editing, I have learned to portray the images as an honest reflection of the mood and atmosphere of the shoot. My aim is to achieve a timeless look rather than falling into the most recent trend in the industry.
As humans, we are certainly not one-dimentional, but rather full of layers and contradictions.
As much as I am on a journey to define my signature style, I surely don’t want to feel limited by it. I certainly want to be consistent in my work as a photographer in order to attract and serve the right type of clients as well as maintain an aesthtically pleasing portfolio. At the same time, I am happy to explore different avenues of photography by experimenting and pushing boundaries. I love taking on personal projects and collaborations as a way to live out my creative aspirations. After all, art is not meant to be contained and rigid, but rather provide a sense of freedom to step out and discover something new and refreshing.
Do you find yourself contemplating some of the points in this topic?
I would love to hear some of your opinions!
Hi! I’m Aida, a photographer & podcaster based in Germany. I provide wedding photographers with the inspiration, tools and resources needed to build a sustainable brand and business. Click here for more about me.