Have you ever been asked that? I have. Professionally I answer portrait, event and fine art photography. Now that can and does cover a wide(ish) berth but it’s what I do; it’s what I enjoy. But even within those three categories there are subcategories for me and for other photographers. One can be a wedding, infant, child, family, maternity, Senior, etc. portrait photographer. Events can run the gamut from a wedding, birthday party, graduation, concert, fashion show to even recording a birth. Giving birth is a wonderful thing but as I did not want a camera in there when I gave birth, I don’t think I will be the one holding the camera for that sort of photography.
What is your niche? Are you searching for your niche? To be perfectly honest that is still a journey I am on. I don’t wish to be a jack of all trades master of none sort but I don’t want to limit myself to just one or two types of photography either. As much as I love capturing the sweet innocence of a child or the allure of a model, I also love nature with all of it’s wonders. Does that make me less of a photographer because I have varying tastes? I don’t think so. Because I love macro as well as panoramic shots does that mean I can’t make up my mind? Ummmm…no! Black and white one day; color the next and then high contrast and HDR – what’s with her she’s all over the place? There is method to my madness.
And my point is what? I photograph what I am hired to photograph as well as the things that catch my eye; the things I want to keep forever or share and offer to others. I want to capture the beauty of life even if sometimes it is not that pretty. Life is about that mother to be or that perfect rose; it’s that macro shot of a bug or that homeless person sleeping in a church doorway. The bottom line about my photography is that I want my images to speak; to tell a story. I want them to tell you about themselves be it the story of a little girl giggling or of an old abandoned car. I want each image to draw you in and get you to think about it; what it once was, what that day was like, how did that flower smell, what would it be like to walk through that garden or that part of town – or I really want to get a pair of shoes like that! (Ok, so that last one is a weakness of mine but you get the point). Sometimes – I hope – my images inspire someone to try that type of shot themselves or that post editing technique. I do aspire to narrow down things and focus on just a few things one day but in the meantime…
Photography is art and my art is my photography.