Not everyone is going to like your style as a photographer. There. I said it.
And that’s ok.
Imagine how boring it would be if every picture we looked at was the same style. Or every wedding invitation was the same, every wedding dress the same, every bouquet… the same style. That would get kinda — mundane and very.very boring.
As your business grows, you refine your style and smooth out the edges to create a solid brand. There is naturally going to be people whose style preferences do not match yours. Friend, that is ok! I’m not saying do not try new things, or be willing to adapt and grow as you wish…but that is the key… as.YOU.wish. Do not let the tides of society who idolize a style one day and bury it the next determine your style.
As your business grows, you will put a lot of time, thought, tears and technique into your style. It is wise to take constructive criticism, acknowledge advice; however, if we all change whimsically with the winds of a negative comment or displeased on-looker, there would be no consistency or foundation for our businesses.
Not every photographer is going to like your photos.
Not every person [read: potential client] is going to like your style.
That is the beauty in diversity. The clients that do not like my style I can guarantee will find a photographer whose style they like. Sometimes I even make recommendations to other photographers based solely off the style the client is wanting! [I'm referring to editing style as well as shooting style]. Our clients will have a style all of their own. It may be something small, like they prefer cooler tone photos to warmer tone photos…easy to accommodate without jeopardizing style and standards. It may be something big, like they want a zombie attack in a cemetery…not as easy to accommodate with jeopardizing style and standards. You have to decide where you draw the line. Cooler photos, sure. Zombie attack, not gonna happen. Its not a matter of right or wrong. Its a matter of style and standards. Plain and simple.
It is important that we stay true to our style and standards when building our business and booking clients. I remember a photographer once telling me he would refer clients out to other photographers that he knew would match their style – and I thought he was crazy. Now, eight years later I completely agree with him. Sacrificing your style and standards for the sake of booking a client will lead you to the edge of a slippery slope where it will become too easy to forsake the brand you have built. Trust me, there will be a photographer out there for them. It’s okay if it isn’t you.
Photography is an art. And what I see through my lens is different than what you see through yours. Its okay to get inspiration from social media, but why would I want to force myself to see (capture) the exact same thing that was already captured? I would much rather look at it from my own perspective, and create my own beautiful. When a client sends you a link to their Pinterest boards that have hundreds of pictures, they are not their to replicate exactly, but to create an ambience from which to begin.