So…what kind of photographer are you?

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.

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About imagesbytdashfield

Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
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22 Responses to So…what kind of photographer are you?

  1. dhphotosite says:

    Life is a journey…and I do believe you are on a good one Teri. Just keep doing what you do!

  2. Marie Young says:

    Girl, you got it right here. I like that train station photo best!

    • I got what? hehehe Thanks! The train shot was taken in Grand Central Station NYC where I nearly got into trouble with the Apple store folks for propping me and my camera up in front of their store for the shot.

  3. I’m still searching for my niche, but I can’t WAIT to do my first birthing session. Its in January 2014.. My niece so it won’t be too awkward.

  4. I just do photography as a hobby not trying to do it full time it takes a lot and you have to have that real passion. I think you are well on your way I love your photos.

  5. DeDivahDeals says:

    I’m a neophyte in training and your are an expert my dear!

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    Niche? I’m still trying to remember what ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. If I have to pick one, I guess my niche would be confused.
    As for you, Teri, you’re a gifted photographer. I believe your niche will become clearer to you as you continue to fine tune your craft. No need to rush.

  7. I don’t believe a person has to have a niche…even though you will hear some experts telling you this. If you keep photographing the same subject matter…it causes burnout and lack on inspiration will follow.

    • Some feel having a niche means you are more focused on your art than others. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder…so is how you express it! I agree with you that sometimes only shooting one thing/way can cause stagnation if not careful.

  8. Whatever sort of photographer you may be, that sort of photographer is excellent. Thank you for sharing these thoughts, as well as your superb photographs.

  9. mtphotoii says:

    “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.”

    Very well said!!!!

    I started out in theater photography – donating my time for a couple of local theater companies.
    Then got into model photography but my Mom wasn’t a big fan so started flower photography so she’d have something to hang on her walls.

    That’s not an area I would have normally gotten into – but now I’m hooked!

    Thanks for the thoughts and for all the pictures!!

    – Michael
    http://AmazingPicturesBlog.com

  10. Well said, Teri! I am at the same point that you are. I want to photograph a variety of things. Everyone says “find your niche”. Well, ok, when it slaps me in the face, I guess it will find me, but I don’t feel like limiting myself – I want to be free to photograph whatever I want! I like wedding photography, but don’t really feel led to photograph weddings. Eventually, when and if I do find a “niche” it will probably be child or high school seniors. Whenever I see a child it makes me want to go get my camera 🙂 Same with high school kids, but not as much – mostly if they are dressed edgy or cool. I would never want to give up the art photography though. You know the feeling you get when you are just walking or sitting around outside and you see something and the light or the colors just draw you in and then you begin to frame the shot in your head even if you don’t have your camera with you? Yum.

    • I’m slowly coming to realize that what really calls to me and makes me happy is fine art photography. I can get lost for hours trying to capture THAT image. I will do events and portraits when asked but lately I’ve been doing less and less to market myself that way. I still like events but the hustle of getting clients sometimes just wears me down. I guess I’m a bit shy about marketing myself as well as others. Things may change and I will not be adverse to it but in the meantime the niche or not to niche continues. Thanks for commenting my friend.

      • I know what you mean – I am not much of a sales person either – I really suck at self promotion 🙂 The thing with fine art photography is that you can ALWAYS do it your way – not so much with portrait photography as you have others to please as well. I love your photography and I think that you will do well in whatever you decide to do!

      • I’m trying to figure out how to promote myself for events like charity or social (not weddings) because the combo of getting what the client wants with some flexibility of what my eye sees works for me. I love your photography too! Thanks for the encouraging words.

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