Unleashing Creativity by Discovering Your Photographic Style

Discovering one’s unique style in photography is a journey that many photographers may overlook, but is crucial for growth and recognition. This reflection on the journey underscores the importance of developing a personal style, not just for the sake of artistic expression, but also for the substantial impact it can have on a photographer's career and self-perception.

Coming to you from Scott French, this insightful video shares a transformative experience of breaking through a plateau in photography by focusing on developing a personal style. French emphasizes that while technical skills and gear are important, identifying and nurturing one’s unique style is what truly elevates a photographer's work. He argues that style is a combination of personal preferences in themes, subjects, emotions, and approaches to light and color. This resonates deeply, as many photographers, especially in their early stages, tend to prioritize technical mastery or equipment upgrades over the cultivation of a personal aesthetic.

French's account of how discovering his style not only improved his photography but also opened new opportunities, like social media growth and professional inquiries, is particularly inspiring. It highlights the importance of having a distinctive look and approach in standing out in a crowded field like photography. His approach to finding one’s style involves introspection and understanding of one's preferences and experiences, both past and present. This method is vital for photographers at any level, as it encourages a deeper connection with their work, leading to more authentic and impactful images

Developing a personal style in photography is not just about improving the aesthetics of one's work; it's about discovering and expressing one's artistic voice. This journey can lead to newfound inspiration, recognition, and opportunities, as well as a deeper satisfaction. Check out the video above for the full rundown from French.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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