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    Quote Originally Posted by nedy77 View Post
    let's narrow down to wedding portfolio/website presentation:

    would you like to present your work in a way where you can showcase "a certain style" and the client can identify you, but ends up displaying images that looks identical and monotonous

    or would you display "different styles" but then you don't have a "specialty". For eg, you post fun photos in bright colors, romantic photos in neutral tone, abstract silhouette photos in low key etc etc, but ends up that clients don't remember you after browsing thru so many websites

    i am not looking for answers, just want to hear opinions
    I agree with the goat, mainly because that's one reason why I am paying through my nose for a particular photographer. If you have gone through as many of the wedding photographers portfolios as some of us who are getting married have, comparing their different styles and err... of course, pricing, you'd understand better what he means.

    I actually am in a bit of a panicky mood because during discussion and we were talking about a series of photos he took, and he mentioned... "oh that's an old styled photo we took a couple of years ago". Me and my other half (who actually has a better photography eyes than me) chose him for his particular style and that's what we are paying for. If he has changed (I am hoping not too much), what he is shooting now may not be what we want at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedy77 View Post
    thanks for your insights.

    i know some people do not intend to create a certain style, but tends to shoot in a certain way that he have become comfortable with, and hence the certain delivery of the image have become "his style"

    not refering that Low/high key is the main style differentiation,

    i am saying then when you look thru a portfolio, all the photos are high key & have the same tone/background, maybe all the models have wind blowing in their hair etc..... maybe all 10 photos featuring 10 different models look the same, but all have the "wow" factor

    maybe creativity doesn't apply to all kinds of photographers and photography genres

    for eg, a food photographer for hawkers coffees shops can't afford to get too creative; a photo of a plate of chicken rice should look exactly as it is. try to do a closeup with a thin DOF and the stall owner probably cannot accept that.

    in this sense,maybe wedding photography can be used as an example for discussion?
    A professional portfolio would ideally be a showcase of the aspects of photography which you want to sell and in most cases, will in one way or the other, be influenced by your preference. That's only natural. However, you need to be constantly assessing the needs of your potential clients and market trends to make sure you cater to those and show that you are capable of doing it with your portfolio. This is where conflicts start to emerge. The image which might land you with the job might not even be the one you'd consider sliding into the folder to begin with. That's life and its a fine balance.

    I do not specialise in weddings(and I thank god for that!!) but its not difficult to imagine the various sets of skills a photographer needs to provide a "complete package", unless you opt to specialise in certain areas and still won't starve. Once you've become a more established photographer in the business with your own "style", your clients would most probably come to you because they like your "style". Are you then prepared to change it just because you fear of being labelled uncreative? Bottom line, if you do it for a living, you've got to know who's signing the cheque and their views matter most!!

    To put bread on the table, you need to be confident with what you do.

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    sometimes your own style might clash with your client's expectation too
    what I think is, a good commercial pg would be one who can satisfy his client... not having a strong personal style is not a crime...at least it gives more flexibility and room for creativity...
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    A photographer once told me this:

    "That YOU do not define your own style. It is the others who tell you what is your style."

    Chances are, if you going around telling people 'this' is not your style or 'that' is your style, then i suggest that you go shoot more, talk less.

    Ok this post is off-topic and is not directed to anyone NOR the TS. But just thought i should share this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprewell View Post
    A photographer once told me this:

    "That YOU do not define your own style. It is the others who tell you what is your style."

    Chances are, if you going around telling people 'this' is not your style or 'that' is your style, then i suggest that you go shoot more, talk less.

    Ok this post is off-topic and is not directed to anyone NOR the TS. But just thought i should share this.
    well said!

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